Safety Reminders When Driving in the RainAugust 22, 2017
With weather forecasts predicting rainy conditions, you have to make sure your car is equipped for the heavy downpour. Tire tread depth and inflation? Check. Wiper blades and washer fluid? Check. Headlights and taillights? Check. Now you are ready to drive in the downpour. Here are some tips to safely steer your vehicle as you drive in the rain.
Watch your speed
You don’t want to be driving too fast in the rain and going over the speed limit. Driving cautiously will help minimize risks of aquaplaning or slipping and sliding. It will also give you and your car enough time to avoid accident on the road.
Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. It will be safer for you to break if there is a space allowance between your car and the car ahead. Along highways where you can normally drive over 60kph, it is recommended to keep a distance between you of 6 seconds or about a car and a half to make sure you can still stop on time.
Stop if you have to
Pull over if the rain is too hard, and if you can’t see where you are going. Make sure you stop your vehicle safely on the side of the road. Wait out the rain if you have to.
Use navigation apps for safer routes
There are developed technology for your car and your smartphones that will help you navigate safer routes and destinations. The most common navigation applications you can install in your phone are Waze and Google Maps. These applications will tell you the fastest route to take. Navigation apps will also help you in determining if there are accidents along the way and other traffic updates and news. Navigation apps will also help you in determining if there are accidents along the way and other traffic updates and news.