Importance OF Safe Driving In Extrem Weather Condition
We urge you to be careful when driving on wet roads and if possible, avoid driving at all during heavy rain. Follow these few tips to ensure safe driving in the rain.
1. Use extreme care if heavy rainfall has followed a long dry spell. After an extended dry spells, engine oil and grease collect on the road so when new rainfall hits, the surface becomes very slick. Long periods of heavy rain will eventually wash away the oil, but initially the roads will be more slippery than usual.
2. Allow for more travel time. As people exercise more caution on the roads when it’s raining, traffic will be moving slower.
3. Turn headlights on. Turning your headlights on will enable you to see more clearly and other drivers to see you.
4. Drive in the tracks of a car in front of you. The amount of water between the road and your tires is reduced in you follow the tracks of the car in front of you.
5. Defog your windscreen. Rain can cause your windscreen to fog up.
6. Avoid large puddles. You don’t know what’s under large puddles. Potholes under the water could damage a rim or knock your suspension out of alignment. If you have to cross a puddle, after you have crossed, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors as water on the rotors can cause your brakes to fail. If you can’t judge the depth of water over the road, do not drive through it.
7. Give trucks and buses extra distance. Trucks and buses take longer than cars to stop under normal circumstances. In the rain, they take even longer so follow at a safe distance.
8. Keep your tires inflated properly. And don’t put off replacing your tires if they are worn.
9. Make sure that your wipers are in good condition. Make sure you replace your wipers before the rainy season.
In the very heavy rain, stop driving. If visibility is so poor that you can’t see the vehicle in front of you, or you can’t see the edges of the road, pull over and wait for the rain to ease. If you can’t find a rest area to stop in and pulling over to the side of the road is your only option to make sure you pull over as far as possible from the edge of the road and keep your headlights turned on and turn your hazard lights on to alert other drivers.
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