Tips When Driving During a Rainy Weather (Part 1)

Driving under a windy weather, rain, drizzle or storm is difficult. This requires a lot of focus. It becomes harder when the rain goes down quickly and your wipers cannot cope up. Seeing the vehicle in front of you might be very difficult. Hydroplaning could be dangerous too. Puddles that usually form during rain mixed with oil on the road can make it slippery which will make driving even harder.

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A lot of crashes usually occurs during this kind of weather when the pavement is wet or when there is a rainfall.  Every year there are more or less 4,800 people who dies and 384,000 injured as an outcome of car collisions on wet road. Here are some suggestions you can follow for your safety if you need to drive under any weather.

Here are some recommendations:

  • Before driving your vehicle make sure it is in tip top condition that could survive any weather. Inspect the brakes, tires, brake or tail lights and do not forget your windshield wipers. Right after winter, check the treads of your tires to know if you need to buy new ones. Make sure that the tires are inflated. You have to ask your mechanic to check the brakes and then the lights. They might need a tune-up or a bulb needs to be changed.
  • Roads changes and rainy weather needs a different method than icy conditions. Remember that ice can still be present on the road during early spring. There are also big puddles and potholes so you need to keep watch aside from greater number of bicyclist, pedestrian, motorcyclist, and animal traffic. If you start slipping because of wet road conditions or black ice, just go direct into the skid and do not hit the brakes.

If you lose full control of your vehicle it could be scary. As mentioned earlier, it causes thousands of accidents. Rainfall is hazardous to the states that usually have dry weather like Texas, California, and Arizona. Occasional rainfall makes people forget to drive under its condition.

Here are suggestions when driving in the rain:

Drive with outmost care when driving in wet roads as it gives motorists a lot of challenges. Drive defensively.

Maintain the cleanliness of your windows

Rain will fog up your windows and it will be difficult to see through it. Turn on your rear and front window defrosters and do the same with your air conditioning. Utilize good quality window washer cleaner so the wipers can do their job well. Before driving, check your windshield wipers before driving.

Stopping distance

The braking distance also known as stopping distance is the distance a vehicle covers from stepping on the brakes up until the vehicle stops. The 100-0Kph distance that is 56.2m estimated on dry road.

Keep a safe following distance

During typical conditions, you should drive three seconds at the back of the vehicle in front of you and this becomes higher during bad conditions. You should have more distance when you have huge vehicles in front of you like buses and trucks. Visibility in this situation could be difficult.

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