Avoid Rainy Season Accidents: 6 Things To Take Note OfAugust 02, 2018
When it is raining outside, are you the type to stay home or do you prefer to head out, channel your best Gene Kelly and sing in the rain? Whether you love to have fun in the rain or are forced to brave it because of work commitments, it is advised that you recognize some of the dangers that the rain brings and how to avoid having unfortunate accidents and related incidents that may lead to injury and illness.
Slippery conditions and blurred vision due to downpours are the main causes for traffic accidents during the rainy season, so it is important to take extra care when traveling on the roads during this time. What are some of the precautions that you can take in order to remain safe while driving when it is pouring outside?
There are tons of last minute distractions that may distract you while driving in rainy conditions. These include sprays from your own vehicle and other vehicles on the road close to yours, rain pouring from the skies and bumps on the road that you may not be able to see in time due to poor visibility. By driving slower, you are giving yourself ample time to react to sudden occurrences
Eyes on the road and hands on the wheelIn addition to 100% attention when driving in the rain, you should also keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times. This is so you have complete control of your vehicle to handle any situations that may arise due to the impaired vision and slippery conditions on the road. Refrain from multi-tasking when you are on the road while it is raining cats and dogs outside, like snacking, texting or singing along to your favorite song on the radio.
Use your lights and use them right
Get rid of the bad habit of unnecessarily turning on your hazard lights when it’s pouring unless you’re in a real emergency or in danger. Hazard lights are meant to signal other drivers that you’re in trouble which also usually means you’re stopped on the road. This may cause other cars to behind you to: (1) suddenly brake, thinking that you’ve stopped in the middle of the road thus causing a possible multiple car collision, and (2) not know if you’re turning right or left, again, causing an accident. If you’re objective is to improve visibility of your car relative to other motorists, turn on both your headlights and rear lights. That should be more than sufficient. Lastly, if visibility is really bad, stop driving and park your car on the side of the road, turn on your hazard lights, and wait until visibility has improved before you start driving again.
Keep your windshield and back window wipers in tip-top condition
It is important to ensure that your windshield and back window wipers are in good working condition by having them replaced at least once a year or the minute you discover that they are no longer effective in whisking away water from the glass. Remember that wipers are crucial to helping you maintain visibility despite the heavy downpour.
Watch out for hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is the technical term for when your car is riding on a film of water on a wet surface instead of on the road itself, resulting to decreased breaking and steering effectiveness. When this happens, your vehicle will start to slide, making it difficult for you to keep it in control. In the event that you feel yourself hydroplaning, keep pressure off the accelerator very slowly and keep your wheel on straight to gradually reclaim control of your vehicle.
Check your tires before leaving your home
It is during unfavorable road conditions that your tire will be put to the test. Be a responsible motorist and always check that your tire has ample tread depth to help you grip the road better and whisk away water more effectively. On average, tires need to be changed every 3 to 4 years to ensure your safety on the road. A simple visual check may spell the difference between life and death.
Take all necessary precautions especially during the rainy season. Make sure you’re car and tires are in proper working condition and take heed of your local weather forecast daily to better prepare yourself. Even when it does not look like it is going to rain before you head out, equip yourself with a handy umbrella, raincoat or poncho and rain-friendly, anti-slip footwear; remember that weather is unpredictable and rain storms and thunderstorms alike can strike without a moment’s notice.