Drive Safe In The Rain
Whether you live Melbourne or reside somewhere where rain is much less expected, most of us anyway will have to drive in the rain many times in our lives. 23% of vehicle crashes each year are weather-related. Of those accidents, 74% occur on wet pavements and 46% occur during rainfall.
When streets are wet and slick, if not taking proper precautions could be costly. Here are some tips driving in the rain:
1) Go Slowly
You should drive with extra carefulness during the first few hours during and after a rainstorm. That’s because all of the grease and oil from cars create a film on the road during dried conditions and when it rains, this layer gets wet and becomes slippery. Slow down to accommodate to the slick conditions... and drive defensively against other drivers who drive at top speed.
2) Brake Carefully
One of the major reasons that cars crash with each other during rainstorms is due to the fact that drivers tend to slam on the brakes as if it were dry, but the wet road triggers the car to glide forward, often into the back of another car. Brake sooner than you normally would, and do it gently to alert the person behind you that you are slowing down. If traffic is coming to a sudden stop, or visibility is very poor, consider putting on hazard lights.
3) No Swimming
Sure, the big splash that occurs when you drive is thrilling the kids, who might like it. Nevertheless, if the water gets up into the engine compartment, it can harm the internal systems, leading to the need for some major car repairs. Supposedly, if you are stuck in water during a flood, try to avoid the temptation to take your vehicle for a swim, safely negotiate your path around large puddles, and avoid running water. Once you have passed through large puddles safely, lightly tap your brake pedal to dry off your rotors.
4) Go With The Flow
If the car meets the slick conditions, take your foot off the gas. Put your foot on the brake firmly and steadily steer in direction of the skid. Wait for the car come to a complete stop before you attempt to readjust yourself in the right direction.
5) Increase Your Visibility
When it’s raining, remember turn on your low-beam headlights irrespective of it is in the law or not. This can help other cars see you. If possible, be in the middle of the road as much as possible. This will help you stay out some of deeper water, which tends to run off to the sides of the roads during raining.
6) Check the Depth of Your Tire Tread
If you are driving on tires with less than 1/16" of trend remaining, then drive with extra caution when it rains because driving with little tire tread remaining can lead to hydroplaning, especially at high speeds and around turns.
Driving in rains, please deploy all your attention and energy to safely operating your vehicle and driving defensively to anticipate other drivers’ moves and mistakes.
There you have it, some important safety advices for driving in the rain. Keep in mind that your top priority is to reach destination safely and help keep your fellows safe as well.