With heavy downpour, with you in the middle of the road and unable to see the road clearly, what would you do? Stop the vehicle somewhere and reconsider your decision of going ahead with the drive. But what if you cannot do that. Like you need to take someone to the hospital and need to rush urgently or it’s the middle of the night and you cannot stop somewhere. You will have to sail the vehicle through the rain. And not only drive, but reach your destination safe and sound.
We are here to help you with some tips and tricks that will help you successfully trick the rain and reach where you want to go, safely and successfully and also within time.
Here are the steps on how to drive in the rain.
Firstly, slow down the vehicle as the vision is not very clear to you and if you had to collide or crash it won’t be as disastrous as it would be on high speed. First and foremost, reduce the pace of the vehicle as that is the first rule to drive during rain.
If you have to hit the brakes suddenly, the slippery road conditions can cause you to skid, so you want to try to avoid hard braking whenever possible. Increase your following distance from the car in front of you. Increasing the following distance will decrease the probability of you hitting onto some car. Make sure you have 4 to 5 seconds of following distance. To calculate your following distance, choose a marker on the road ahead of you, like a light pole or lane line segment. When the car in front of you passes that point, start counting. Stop counting when you reach that same point. The number of seconds that have passed is your following distance. The longer your following distance, the more time you’ll have to react to changing road conditions in front of you.
When the roads are slick, you don’t want to floor the gas pedal or slam on the brakes, as those actions can increase your risk of skidding. Accelerate and decelerate gradually instead to help your tires keep traction on the road. Although it may take you slightly longer to get up to cruising speed, the few extra seconds are well worth it in terms of preserving your safety.
Turn On Your Headlights: Even if it is the day or the night, turn on the headlights because the visibility in the fogging rain would be very high. Activate the headlights if they are automatic they will switch on on their own.
Make sure before making or taking turns switch on the turn signals, even if there are no cars nearby. Due to the decreased vision due to the fog you may not notice one.
Anticipate the Actions of Other Drivers: Also pay due regard to the movement of other cars make your moves considering those. Not everyone is a good driver, especially in the rains. Anticipate what the person next to you can do and then take action.