Safe-driving tips for wet weather
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The rainy season is upon us, and this usually leads to an increase in road accidents. It is vital for all road users to take extra precautionary measures when driving in wet weather. Changing one’s driving behaviour under these circumstances could not only avoid the trauma of a vehicle accident but could, in fact, save lives.
Here are six vital tips when driving in the rain:
1. Slow down
There are so many reasons why slowing down when driving in rain is vital. Visibility is reduced and therefore, slowing down can improve your visibility.
When there is the presence of water, the risk of aquaplaning increases. Aquaplaning occurs when water gets in between the surface of the road and the vehicle’s tyres, making it difficult for the tyres to grip the road and leaving the vehicle gliding along, despite the driver applying brakes. By slowing down, you reduce the potentially destructive effects of aquaplaning.
2. Switch on your headlights
Rain comes with cloud cover and poor visibility. By switching on your headlights, not only will you see better, but other vehicles will see you.
3. Keep a safe following distance
It’s crucial to keep a safe following distance even when the weather is sunny. It is even more important to do so when it’s raining. It’s suggested that you double the following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you during wet weather. The rule of thumb is that you allow for a three-second gap as an adequate following distance. However, in wet weather conditions, a five or six-second gap is recommended. This allows ample time to gradually apply your brakes.
4. Use your wipers
Visibility is poor when it rains. Windscreen wipers will help with visibility when driving in the rain, and with the burst of water from other vehicles that is likely to engulf your windscreen when they pass you.
5. Give yourself more time
Because you will be driving slower, leave earlier or let those expecting you at your destination know that you’ll be arriving later due to the wet weather.
6. Do regular checks on your tyres, windscreen wipers, brakes and lights
Prevention is better than cure, and so, before the rainy season begins, do checks on the parts of your car that could help you avoid a wet-weather accident – your tyres, windscreen wipers, brakes and lights.
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