Whether it’s drizzling or pouring hard, driving in the rain is always a tough challenge. The rainy season is fun and beautiful, but at the same time, it can be quite dangerous. Many traffic reports have reported the heavy rainfall is even more dangerous than a snowstorm. Approximately, 46% of car crashes and accidents related to weather conditions are caused by rain and only 17% of them are caused by the snow. One of the main reasons for this huge disparity is the fact that many people don’t know how to drive and adapt to rainy conditions. They usually don’t know how to adjust to the hazardous conditions.
The rainy season is directly associated with a higher crash rate. Because of the rain, a lot of factors need to be taken in to account while driving. Reduced visibility and wet roads are the main issues a driver encounters firsthand. Your safety depends on the way you drive and handle your vehicle during hazardous conditions. It’s important to know and follow these safety tips during driving in the rain.
Make sure your tires are perfectly fine
Because of a high-temperature drop, you will have to check and adjust your tires accordingly. Wet roads produce less friction and to maximize friction, your tires need to be inflated properly or else you might lose vehicle control at some point. When roads are slick, your tires will do a lot to increase your safety. Maintaining the pressure in the tire is important. Make sure the pressure is within the suggested pressure limit of the tires. Using a tire pressure gauge to regulate your tire’s inflation will increase the tire’s contact with the road which will maximize vehicle control
Double-check your vehicle
Make sure you always double-check each and every car equipment before setting out on the road in the rain. You need to be prepared for emergencies. Make sure the taillights, headlights; the wipers are all efficiently working. Check out the car’s heater and exhaust function, the battery and if the tank is full or not.
Slow down on the road
This is the most obvious safety tip when driving in the rain. Not only do you need to drive under the speed limit, but you also need to slow down the speed under the speed limit because wet roads are scary and there are high chances of losing vehicle control. Low speed is very important in this season.
Always keep your headlights on
Turn on your vehicle’s headlights while driving in the rain. Many states have made it a law to keep the headlights on while driving in the rain. This will increase your visibility in the rain and also make it easier for the other cars on the road to see you.
Use the wipers effectively
Many people forget to use the windshield wiper in the rain. Many wipers are designed in a way so that the speed can be adjusted accordingly whether it’s to clear out heavy downpour or mist.
Keep a safe distance between the car in front of you and your car. Hitting the brakes and stopping your car will be difficult on a wet road and therefore distance is needed to avoid any accidents.
Ventilation is important
The level of humidity increases because of the rain. Your windows will become foggy and blurry in the rain. Having an efficient ventilation system will prevent the fog from being produced on the windshield and windows.