Saturday, September 5, 2015

Driving Safely in the Rain


 * Today's article was written by: Paul Jacksons


 -- Drive Safe In Down-pouring Rain --

If you have been driving for sometime you will be aware that breakdowns are more in the wet weather. Driving in the heavy rains can be very hazardous. By adopting some steps you can prepare for the wet weather better and minimize the chances of a breakdown. Although with development in technology the performance of cars has improved considerably, breakdowns are frequent when it is pouring. A car's engine is damaged when it sucks the long-standing rainwater which in turn causes damage to the components of the engine.

Tips to consider

When it is raining heavily, ascertain whether the journey is essential at all. Find out whether it can be delayed till the rain has subsided. Plan the journey in advance and avoid areas where water is clogged. Areas with potential congestion is best avoided. Make sure that your friends and relatives are aware of the destination you are heading towards. Do not forget to carry your mobile phone as you venture out in the rain. Do not drive too fast and leave sufficient space from the vehicle in front of you.


Safety should start before you drive the wet roads. Turn on the headlights when you are driving and make sure that the brake lights are functioning properly. Rain can reduce the visibility and reduce the grip which your car has. This makes driving in the rain a nerve-wrecking experience. It is important to adjust your driving style according to the road condition. On a wet road avoid sharp steering or breaking too hard. Doing so may lead to skidding which is dangerous. Do bear in mind that driving through flooding water can be very dangerous. Before you decide to drive, you must ensure that it is safe. At times driving through deep water can cause serious damage to your car which your insurance company may not cover.

Skids can be witnessed by experienced drivers as well. If you feel that the car is skidding, do not panic. Continue to look ahead and steer the car in the direction you want to go. Do not slam the brakes hard as it may upset the vehicle's balance making it more difficult for you to control the car. It is advised that you are extra cautious on the wet road and make sure you avoid sharp turns. Beware of hydroplaning when the tires of your vehicle get more traction on the layer of water than on the road itself. As a result of hydroplaning the car starts to slide and controlling it becomes impossible. Remember that speed limits have been designed for the normal conditions and not during downpour.



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