Thousands of car accidents are caused by wet roads together with motorists who don’t know how to drive on them. Driving in the rain can be quite scary, especially if you’re in heavy traffic, your windows are misting up and the roads are slippery. Other drivers on the road also seem to panic and drive either too fast or too slow, making the on the road a very dangerous place to be.
Keep safe on the roads with our driving in the rain safety tips below:
- Be especially cautious when the rain just starts. This is the most hazardous time to drive on the road. If the roads have been dry for a while, grease build ups on the road can create very slick road surfaces.
- Slow down - but not too much. Don’t be in a rush when the roads are wet. Driving too fast will increase your chances of hitting into another car or losing control of your car. However, don’t drive so slowly that you become a hazard for other cars on the road.
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Breaking suddenly on wet roads can cause hydroplaning and increase your chances of getting rear-ended. Make sure you keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you so you can break slowly and in time.
- Don’t brake if you start to hydroplane. Breaking or turning your steering wheel suddenly can cause you to skid. If you start to hydroplane, ease your foot off the gas and steer straight until your tyres regain traction on the road.
- Avoid puddles. If you can, try avoid driving through big puddles as they may actually be quite deep and cause damage to your car or even an accident.
- Turn off cruise control. You should pay attention to the road and stay alert at all times. If you are on speed control, your car could potentially speed up if you hydroplane.
- Turn on your headlights. This will ensure you can see the road and other drivers can see you. However, avoid using your brights. Putting on your brights can reduce visibility for other drivers on the road.
- Turn on your aircon. This will prevent your windows from misting up.
- Pull over if the weather gets too bad. If you can barely see the car in front of you, pull over, if it’s safe to do so, and wait for the rain to calm down.
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