PAGASA recently declared the start of the rainy season last June 12. It is to be expected that in the coming months, we will be driving through rainy and wet road conditions.
It’s crucial that we prepare for this as wet weather driving can be dangerous because of slippery roads and poor visibility. These are all factors that worsen traffic conditions and increase the risk of road accidents.
While reducing speed may be a crucial element of how to drive safely in wet conditions, it may not be enough.
Here are other considerations motorists should be aware of when driving in the rain:
Check your car before driving
Inspect your car thoroughly before using it. Pay close attention to your windshield, wipers, battery, headlights, brakes, and tires.
Replace old and worn tires
Measure your tire’s tread depth, if your tires are overly worn, replace them immediately. Your tire needs plenty of tread depth to push away standing water between your tire and the road.
Use your auto lights
Low visibility often happens when you’re driving in the rain. Remember these guidelines to effectively use your automotive lights during this conditions:
- Switch your headlights on
- Don’t use high beams
- Don’t turn on you hazard lights
Check your tire pressure
Overinflated and under-inflated tires can lead to reduced traction. Ensure proper inflation once or twice a month to avoid this.
Keep a safe following distance
Avoid tailgating, it’s dangerous both for you and the motorist ahead of you. Keeping a safe distance gives you ample time to react in case you need to.