It can get quite troublesome to drive in the rain. And in case of a heavy downpour, it’s downright unsafe. However, we can’t stop the wheel of life from turning. It is almost a certainty that you’ll have to drive your vehicle in the rain, no matter where you live in the country.
Roads get more dangerous to drive on when it rains after a long time, you’ll need to maintain a few rules when the downpour starts. While it is easy to follow a few tips when you go for a rainy drive, it might get tragic if you don’t. the first and foremost thing is to take time and get yourself adjusted to the weather.
This following tips will surely help you to make your drive safer and comfortable when the clouds visit the ground-
Before you go do remember
Wet-weather will need your subtle driving moves. Make sure you are completely vigilant. Before starting the engine scuff the soles of your shoe. Otherwise, it might just slip off the pedals.
Turn on your headlights
Headlights should be turned on while driving in rain; Image Source: Says
Even during the day, keep your headlights on. Visibility is severely cut short in the rain (less than 1000 feet). It also alerts the drivers from the other direction of your presence. Keep a careful eye on the brakes of your car as well as brake lights before you.
Large vehicles such as trucks or trailers are prone to losing control during windy rains. They have a hard time staying in the lane. Keeping a longer distance than usual will be wiser. Always try to stay and move along the middle of the roads as the outer corners of the road are slippery at times.
Stay on the paved road
You won’t be able to make the depth of puddles, which will spell misery. Even in an SUV, you might get stuck. Keep on track and see where you’re going.
Let off the gas when Hydroplaning
This common car accident in the rain can be avoided. Just calmly take your foot off the accelerator, steer into the way the vehicle needs to go. DO NOT make a sudden turn or slam on your brakes.
Avoid standing water
Going through still water can trigger hydroplaning. Drive slow and drive around where water has collected.
Ventilate your car
You will notice while driving in the rain, the car’s windows become foggy. Most cars will reduce this by using a ventilation system. However, you should pull over and wipe the windshield if you deem it necessary.
Wipe your car appliances
Wipe your car properly after every ride. Make sure the interior of the car is clean and dry. A vacuum cleaner or hairdryer can be useful.
Awareness about hydroplane
Drive very slowly and cautiously; Image Source: Smart Motorist
Due to excessive water on the top of the streets, the car does certain things to maintain traction on the road. The technical term of it is hydroplaning. This results in your vehicle to slide without any control. It is a really easy process to hydroplane. All you have to do is speed more than 35 miles per hour and one-twelfth part of an inch of rain. Having tires with more wear and tear makes you more likely to use the hydroplane.
Turn off the cruise control:
Avoid using cruise control; Image Source: Says
In the winter and rainy season, cruise control can be the reason of your losing control at times. But the car will move faster if you hydroplane and use cruise control at the same time.
Take good care of your car:
This is self-explanatory. Make your car feel safe, it will keep you safe. Check your headlights, taillights, windshield wipers. Also, make sure your tires are in good shape. Just driving a car that is looked after will give you the confidence to drive properly.
Slow down then use break in rain; Image Source: Says
It is better to avoid using brakes in the rainy season. You may use the accelerator to slow down the car.
If you make a conscious effort driving in rain should not create problems. Though it is tenuous it is unavoidable. By being a gentler driver you can surely avoid any mishap.