Driving in rain is dangerous. Slick roads, poor visibility, hydroplaning and skidding can all make driving difficult. There are more than 1,000,000 weather-related crashes each year. They occur mostly on wet roads and approximately half while it’s raining.
Smart drivers know how to drive in the rain without hydroplaning. They also know how to use the vehicle’s safety features. Here are some tips to help you drive in wet conditions.
Take care of your safety measures
This one is very important: When driving in rain, turn on your headlights. It’s required in many states. It will make your vision better, and it will allow you to see better from other drivers.
Turn on your defroster to clear fogged windows
Pay attention to the tread on your tires. Reduced traction can lead to skidding and a decrease in traction. Place a penny in the tread upside-down and test it. Lincoln’s head will be covered if the tread depth is satisfactory. If Lincoln’s head remains exposed, the tire should be changed. See to get more advice on when your tires should be replaced.
Tires these are the most crucial part of your car if it rains. You and other road users can be put at risk by a worn-out tire. Make sure to check your manual for the recommended air pressure and keep it up before you go.
On wet pavement, cruise control is not recommended. Cruise control might interpret loss-of-traction as increasing speed to compensate and may increase acceleration, which could lead to the vehicle veering dangerously.
AC Conditioner: The AC is vitally important during the monsoon, as well as during the scorching Indian summer. It is most common to drive your car with the windows up when there is heavy rain. This reduces air circulation. Fog happens when there is a temperature difference between the inside and the outside. Driving with a fogged windshield is dangerous, as we all know. By turning on the AC, and keeping it at the same temperature outside, the windows will not fog up. The AC draws fresh air into the cabin and circulates the air so that you don’t have to inhale the stale air.
Windshield wipers & water repellent products
This may seem obvious but it’s important to turn on the windshield washers when it rains. Clear sight is important. You can also use rain repellents to keep water out of windows.
When a vehicle is unable to withstand water and loses its traction, known as hydroplaning or skidding, the result is hydroplaning. Water builds up quickly in front of the tires so that the car’s weight isn’t able to push it away. The vehicle will slide down until traction is restored.
You should maintain a controlled speed, especially on curves.
Take care to break and steer gently; sudden changes can cause traction loss.
Maintain proper tire pressure and ensure good tread depth.
Hydroplaning can be stopped by being calm.
These are some tips for driving in rain.
Both hands should be on the steering wheel at all times.
Eliminate distractions – cell phones, radio, people talking, etc.
Be sure to keep six car lengths between your vehicle and the one ahead.
Be safe. As a rule of thumb, reduce your speed to 10 M.P.H. Increase your windshield wiper speed by increasing the level.
Avoid flooding. Deepwater can block your engine and cause your vehicle to float.
Keep to the middle lanes as the water level is higher in the outside lanes.
Follow the tracks of other vehicles.
You should be cautious around buses and large trucks. Follow closely. Spray from large trucks or buses could hit your windshield, temporarily obscuring your vision. Take care to avoid collisions with large vehicles.
Pay attention to the brake lights.
If visibility is poor pull off to the shoulder until clear.
We are a strong advocate of defensive driving, especially in wet conditions. Therefore, we offer defensive-driving discounts as a reward for careful and educated drivers. Pass first go offers driving lessons in Adelaide that helps you to become confident drivers.