Long drives are a great way to relax—unless it’s rainy seasons. The roads are slick with water and the constant downpour visually impairs drivers. While it’s recommended you avoid driving in heavy rainfall, if rain is a constant factor in your area, it can’t be avoided.
Use these safety tips to make driving safer in rainy seasons.
Install new wiper blades
Wiper blades are your saving grace in rainy weather. They provide a clear vision and prevent the screen from getting dirty or blurry. Damaged or dirty wipers do more harm than good. One crocked wiper can leave you with a scarred windscreen in middle of a flooded highway. Instead of dealing with a costly windscreen repair, replace wipers, before the rainy season arrives.
Turn to headlights, not hazard lights
Let’s get one thing cleared; hazard lights should only be used to indicate a driving emergency like, failed brakes or a flat tire.
Some states consider use of hazard lights in non-emergency situation an illegal act. Avoid using hazard lights in rain. It’s not only unnecessary but can also blind other drivers.
Use normal headlights to navigate in rainy weather.
Take it slow
The mixture of water, oil, and dirt makes the road slick and slippery. It’s easier to lose control of the vehicle during rain.
Drive slowly and cautiously. Keep your eyes on the cars ahead. If you are driving slowly, hitting the brakes will be much easier.
Have an action plan for hydroplaning
Hydroplaning happens when the tires lose traction, after hitting a puddle or slick surface. Driver loses control of the car, as the wheels glide across a wet surface. Many drivers encounter hydroplaning during rainy days, which means you need to be prepared.
Firstly, drive slowly when the road is wet. If your car loses control, take your foot off the accelerator and keep the steering straight, until you regain control.
Don’t lose focus of the road. Avoid distracted driving and keep your hands on the wheel at all times. If you feel tired or sleepy, make a stop, rest and continue your journey.
Use these tips to make roads safer during rainy weather. Enrol in accelerated or defensive driving classes to drive safely in any kind of weather.
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