Driving during a rainy season could be dangerous for several reasons. Make sure you have the right mindset before getting into your vehicle and you are absolutely confident of taking controlling your vehicle on slippery roads. Here are some useful and important tips to help you stay safe on the road this rainy season.
- Keep both hands on the wheel
Make sure you keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times. Keep yourself away from distractions such as mobile phones, radio or any other devices. Focus on the road and take a look in back view mirror as well as the two side mirrors, so that you get a 360 degree view of what is happening around you.
- Headlights matter on the drive
Make sure that you turn on your headlights when its gloomy and when there’s a heavy rain fall. This will greatly help to prevent any sudden accidents on a slippery road. This would help you to see pedestrians and other important road/speed signs.
- Maintain a good distance
Always maintain a good distance (a distance of at least 08 seconds) at all times during a rainy season.
- Speed limits matter
Always maintain a speed limit which helps you to control your vehicle on a slippery road. Adhere to speed regulations and watch out for speed signs on the road. The speed limits may differ based on the nature of the road.
- Know your tires
Check out your tires before you get on a slippery road on a rainy day. Radial tires have better traction than the old bias ply polyester tires, but even they lose their ability to grip wet pavement and channel water out as the tread wears out.
- Avoid flooded roads
Avoid heavily flooded roads and never drive through flowing water. This could stall the engine causing other major damage to your vehicle.
This rainy season, stay safe and drive safe!