Driving in heavy rain is never enjoyable, visibility can get bad, traffic gets slow and it can turn a nice drive into a stressful experience.
If you suddenly find yourself driving during bad weather it’s important to adjust some of your driving methods to accommodate for the wet conditions. Driving in the rain can be dangerous and it’s vital to remember a few safety procedures.
TURN ON THOSE HEADLIGHTS
As visibility gets bad it’s important that you have your headlights on, even during the day.
Heavy rain can not only hinder your visibility, but it’s also hard to determine how far away the cars in front of your are or for other cars to see exactly what your doing.
Having your headlights off while it is raining not only makes it more difficult for you to see, but also makes you practically invisible to the cars around you.
SLOW DOWN AND KEEP A SAFE DISTANCE
This can seem like common sense, wet roads make it harder to come to a sudden stop and driving slower can reduce your chance of swerving or sliding in the wet conditions.
It’s also important to keep a bigger distance between you and the car in front as breaking suddenly can cause you to skid in the wet.
CHECK YOUR TYRES HAVE TREAD AND YOUR WINDSCREEN WIPERS AREN’T FAULTY
A lot of people don’t check the tread on their tyres enough and are caught out when the weather gets bad. If your tyres don’t have enough tread depth, you’re at greater risk of hydroplaning, punctures and reduced traction. Measuring tread depth regularly is a simple and way to help ensure your tires will stick to the road.
Also make sure you have windscreen wipers that work correctly, visibility out your front windshield is essential to being able to drive safely. If you even suspect your blades aren’t doing a good job, it’s time to replace them.
When your suddenly hit with bad weather make sure you adjust your driving to suit the weather conditions, take note of other cars around your and stay alert. It’s better to arrive at your destination a little later than anticipated rather then get into an accident.