Authorities have confirmed locust swarms were spotted in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Western Cape recently. Caution has been advised in the Free State as the swarms are likely to migrate there as well. Whilst farmers say the swarms are not posing a major threat to crops yet, motorists are reporting a different scenario.
The CEO of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says driving through a swarm can have a major impact on road safety. “The main reason is because visibility can be severely affected as a large amount of the insects collide with your windscreen. A swarm of locusts can also potentially damage vehicles by blocking radiators and causing overheating.”
There are a number of tips to follow to increase road safety in this scenario:
Motorists have also been requested to report locust swarms to the following agricultural representatives in these areas:
Keep an eye on your surroundings at all times while driving. “You do not want to be caught in the middle of a swarm unexpectedly. If you do find yourself in this situation, keep these tips at the forefront of your mind so you remain calm and follow the best course of action to emerge as safely as possible,” says Herbert.