Monsoon is underway and driving in heavy rain can be pretty dangerous. Accident rate is higher in such conditions. Safety cannot be guaranteed but the risk can be minimized by observing a few vital precautions.
Below are ten tips you should follow while driving in heavy rain:
1. Try to avoid driving in rain
Knowing how to drive in rain doesn’t mean you should do it even when it is avoidable. There is no reason for putting yourself at risk if not necessary.
2. Check your car’s equipment
Before you encounter any rain, double-check your car’s equipment. Try the headlights, taillights, windshield wiper, etc. Make sure they are functioning as they are supposed to. Keep a look for balding in your tyres as that can reduce the traction on wet roads and pose a threat.
3. Slow down
Following the speed limit isn’t enough in wet conditions. You should drive even slower, considerably slow. A vehicle’s reaction time is also much slower in rain, so keep that in mind.
4. Turn your headlights on
Visibility decreases significantly in rain. You should turn on your headlights but make sure not to make them so bright that the incoming driver has a problem with those.
5. Use your windshield wiper
This is a very critical practice. It helps you from clearing moisture from the windshield wiper and it aids you in seeing the road better.
6. Keep a distance from other cars
Maintain a great distance from cars ahead of you and even on the other sides. It is difficult for all drivers to control their vehicles on wet roads. Be cautious.
7. Avoid heavy braking
Don’t apply the brake all of a sudden like you would in normal conditions. Take your foot off the accelerator ahead of time and then slowly apply brakes.
8. Watch out for standing water
Hydroplaning can occur when you drive through standing water. You lose traction and skid on the road. Try to avoid driving through places where water is standing.
9. Leave the accelerator when hydroplaning
Let go off the gas whenever your vehicle goes through hydroplaning. Steer in the direction that your cars needs to go. Don’t make sudden turns or slam on brakes.
10. Ventilate your car
Humidity increases in rain. Your windows become foggy. You should engage your car’s ventilation system. Pull over if you can’t see through your windshield or windows.
Stay safe, drive safe, and keep safety first.