The rainy season is here in full force and driving in the rain can be quite challenging, more so when the roads are as flooded as they have been this week. Be safe on the roads and if you can, rather stay off the roads when they are flooded.Check Your Wiper Blades – Clear Vision On The Road Becomes Vital In The Rainy Season!! Click To Tweet
Here are some recommended driving tips for when driving in the rain:
- Use the two-second rule to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
- Don’t Speed – Driving too fast for road conditions or following too closely is one of the main causes of accidents in wet weather.
- When stopping, take your foot off the accelerator and let your speed drop gradually. Never use the brakes suddenly, because this may cause your car to skid.
- If you find that an oncoming vehicle is overtaking in the opposite direction and will not be likely to do it safely, slow down and be prepared to move to the left shoulder if necessary.
- Beware of oil patches. Don’t panic. Do not jam your brakes, just steer through. In most cases, the patches will be small.
- Always change to a lower gear before you take a bend, especially a sharp bend. Your speed should be at its slowest as you enter the bend and both hands should be on the steering wheel. This slow in/fast out technique gives you the most control when driving around a bend.
- Turn on your headlights – don’t forget to turn them off again when parking to avoid having a flat battery.
- Be careful of other vehicles to the rear and in blind spot areas as they are especially difficult to see through rain-spattered windows.
- Wait a short time after the rain begins before using your windshield wipers, because the blades may smear.
- Be extra careful during the first half-hour after it starts to rain. Grime and Oil on the road surface mix with water to make the road slippery!!!
- Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking & steering movement. Sudden stops & turns can cause skidding.
- Do Not drive through flooded areas unless you are sure that the water is below the bottom of the rims.
- If you have to drive through high water, drive slowly in a low gear, holding the steering wheel steady.
After driving in heavy rain for some time without applying the brakes, or if you drive through standing water, lightly apply the brakes to dry them.
Make sure your vehicle is in roadworthy condition, check your tyres and wiper blades; make sure your brakes are in good condition and that all your lights and indicators are working. If you do breakdown, make sure your vehicle is visible by switching on your hazard lights and pull completely off the road. Give us a call if you need assistance or repairs.Allow extra distance for braking – vehicles need more distance to stop on wet roads Click To Tweet
Always drive to your driving ability and confidence and don’t take a chance if you feel uncomfortable or stressed when driving in the rain
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