Be ready for rainy weather with these safety driving tips

Article by Christian A., on March 21, 2017

Rainy weather may not be so bad if you don’t have to go outdoors and drive. But most of us have to go to the office, do errands, and fulfill responsibilities even when faced with terrible weather.

The key is to be prepared. You don’t have to be inconvenienced and you could minimize the risks with these tips.

Get your car ready for the rain

Step 1: Check your tires. Your tires are the most important thing you should check before travelling during the rainy season. It is the part of your vehicle that is most affected by the wet roads. Make sure they still have a good grip. With an aggressive rain storm and a slippery road, this could lead to disaster.

Step 2: Have regular car inspections. Nothing will be better than having regular inspections to ensure the safety of your car, especially on rainy days. Be sure to schedule periodic safety inspections with a trustworthy mechanic.

Step 3: Make sure your wipers are working well. Over time, your wiper blades start to wear and tear and you may have to change them. If

Be careful and attentive when driving

Step 1: Keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. When the weather is bad, you may have a hard time seeing what’s ahead. Don’t give in to distractions.

Step 2: Use your headlights in the daytime when heavy rains limit your vision. This is so that oncoming cars can see you as it is hard to see through the rain.

Step 3: You’re not in a race. Slow down. During rainy days, roads become extra slippery. The normal brakes you have will not be the same on slippery roads so it is best to avoid tailing other drivers too closely just in case. This is so you have plenty of space to stop or accelerate when needed.

Avoid hydroplaning. This occurs when you drive over water and one of your wheels loses contact with the road. When this happens, you may feel the steering wheel jerk, and you might lose control of your car. You are not in a race, there is no need to drive fast, especially when it could risk your life.

Step 4: Don’t push it. Know your car’s limits. If the weather is terrible, some outside forces may injure you – branches falling, slippery roads, a traffic cone that’s barely visible in the middle of the road. Sometimes, it is better to just take a raincheck and stay at home.

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