Motorists deal with extra difficult driving condition during the rainy season. The best way to lessen the risk of being involved in a road accident is to practice safe driving behaviors and at the same time ensure car control. Driving in the rain involves dealing with slippery roads, flooded roads, poor visibility and heavy traffic.
During a wet weather especially when it is a blinding rain, road signs, other vehicles and the road itself are difficult to see thus it is crucial to make sure you can see and be seen. Here are several rainy driving tips and suggestions from smart motorists.
As roads are wet and slippery when raining, it is advised to keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times. Keep your attention on driving at all times, refrain from using your cellphone while driving.
Slow down, turn on your headlights in foggy conditions for more visibility and for other motorists behind you to see you better. Stay toward the middle lanes.
Use defensive driving techniques and maintain proper following distance at least 4 seconds cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you. Always be aware and expect the unexpected.
As much as possible avoid flooded roads unless you have no choice, yet make sure you calculate first the depth of the water before you decide to push through. Bear in mind that driving through deep water can cause your engine to stall and even worst can contaminate the brake system.
It is best advised to pull over if the visibility is too poor especially when you are driving on the highway. The rule of the thumb is to never drive beyond the limits of visibility.
Never take the risk to drive through moving water especially if you cannot see the road and unsure of the water depth. Doing so can lead your car swept off the road
Before the onset of the rainy season, make sure to check on your wipers, replace if needed. Have your break system be checked likewise with the headlights, brake lights, tail lights and turn signals and tires to ensure they are working properly.
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