Even the best drivers are not safe from mishaps during the rainy season. Thus, it is extremely important to be aware of possible scenarios that can happen anytime while on the road. Wet roads are slippery and can cause crashes or accidents. Heavy rains bring damp and flood which create issues in the electrical system or engine of your vehicle.
It is imperative to remind yourself of the basic road safety tips which can save your own life, others lives and your car during rainy days.
Check the weather forecast, road condition alert, and traffic updates
Always check the updates especially if you will be traveling far. Know if there are road closures that can hinder your trip. During adverse conditions, refrain from taking a road trip to ensure safety.
Know the areas that are easily flooded and take alternate routes. If you think you will be getting late for your work or appointment, drive earlier than usual. Drive home early if the rain becomes non-stop and torrential.
Prepare your vehicle
Check if all lights are working well. Keep the windscreen wiper blades clean and in good condition. Have tires with at least 1.5 tread depth to ensure a strong grip on the road during the rainy season.
Charge your mobile phone
Keep it fully-charged before going out so you can make a call when there is a vehicle breakdown or possible risk.
- Drive slowly – Wet road can cause tires to lose traction which makes the car harder to drive. Remember that the maximum safe speed is applicable during ideal conditions only. Driving slow keeps your car from possible skidding and aquaplaning.
- Do not use cruise control during hydroplaning -Do not turn the wheel or brake abruptly to prevent spinning or skidding. Just remove your feet from the gas, keep the wheel straight and wait until the vehicle reclaims traction.
- Keep a safe distance– To prevent a possible collision when the road is wet, reduced visibility or troubled brakes, always double your distance from the car in your front.
- Turn the headlights on – All states require drivers to turn on their car headlights when there is low visibility.
- Switch lights on low beam – It helps you see what’s ahead of you when there is a fog.
- Defog the car windows – Use your rear and front defrosters to clear fog which is caused by precipitation.
- Keep both hands on the steering wheels – Put down your coffee mug, sandwich, cellphone, makeup and other things that keep your eyes off the road.
- Stay in the middle of the road – Use the line markings on the road to stay in the safest possible position.
- Do not use roads that are partially or totally flooded – If there is no other way, gauge the depth by using an umbrella or stick. Use the highest part of the road.
- Avoid driving on unsealed roads.
- Stay away from landslide-prone areas.
- Do not attempt driving through areas with fast-flowing water.
- Never drive on a bridge or road covered with flood water. Keep away also from recently-flooded areas to avoid the risk of facing possible trouble due to damage.