Rainy Season: The ideals of safe driving during this period
During this season, rain is certainly forecast and we can’t help it. Although it’s going to pour periodically as well as unannounced, one must gear up to adhere to the following driving conducts to ensure safety.
Drive if it’s necessary not at the spur of the moment.
You’ve got to think. Study shows that people drive subconsciously. During rainy periods, one must adjust their thinking, stay focused and alert of what the reality of one’s environment is.
Consider if that journey is urgent or important. You could decide to stay back home, read your favourite book or play with the kids while the rain clears, if the journey isn’t worth staking out your life for.
Ensure your Head Lamps are in good condition. Put them to use.
It’s a normal impulse to turn on the headlights when the visibility is low. As long as your windshield wipers are on, the head lamps must be on. Remember, you mustn’t use your fog lamps unless the visibility is very poor – rear fog lamps will dazzle other road users, and the effect is intensified when there is spray coming out from the rear of the car. Front fog lamps have the same effect, but for cars ahead of you.
Look out for Hydroplaning or Aquaplaning
Hydroplaning is the technical term for the resultant effect of your tyres getting more traction on the layer of water on the road than on the road itself. What happens is that your car starts to slide out of control. If you find yourself hydroplaning, stop accelerating slowly and straighten your hand until you are in control. Eventually, the tyres will bite down through the water and come back into contact with the road, at which point you should regain control.
Slow down and adjust your driving style.
Little traffic and good visibility are hardly the environment you are driving when it is raining. That’s the more reason you should accelerate less and take your time so you’ll get to your destination. It’s won’t pay to hasten yourself out of your destination. You know what I mean.
Actually, it takes twice as long to stop on a wet road as it does on a dry one. So, increase the distance between you and the vehicle before you by about that much. That way, if you would have to stop suddenly or ram into a vehicle in front of you, you would have time to control your car.
Be conscious of your environment. Bear in mind that larger vehicles splash more water. Should you try to pass one, you should be ready to increase the speed of your wipers to help clear your view.
Don’t allow the competition fever to catch you when another driver is getting too close to you or driving in an aggressive way. It’s safer to concentrate on your own driving at that odd time. You can even pull over to allow them pass than trying to compete and getting crashed.
We will be explaining some myths about driving through flood in subsequent article on the rainy season.