Driving in the rain can be both fun and dangerous. It is necessary to take wet weather seriously when you’re driving on the road. Slight negligence can cause severe damage to you as well as your car. There are a plethora of things that you can perform in order to make driving safer in heavy rain. You should make sure that your car is capable enough to drive on wet roads by checking the conditions of the tyre and most importantly, you should have the knowledge of driving according to the condition of the weather and alter your driving habits to avoid skidding, sliding or get entangled in a collision.
Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind while driving your car in heavy rain:
● Nurture the lights: It is recommended to take your car to the mechanic to get the headlights adjusted accurately. This will assure your headlights are always aiming in the right direction, which makes it easier to see and obstruct you from blinding other drivers. Keep the headlights covered to prevent it from getting dirty, which will diminish the efficiency of the lights. You should instantly replace the deadlights, which includes turn signals, taillights, headlights, running lights, and brake lights.
● Clean the windshield and windows: The key to drive safely is to see properly while the visibility is reduced due to rain. In order to improve visibility, you should regularly clean the interior and exterior of the windshield to remove dirt, dust or any sort of fingerprints. Turning on the air conditioning will help you to defog the fogged windows.
● Maintain the tires: The tread of the tyres provides all the traction on the road, which makes driving with bald tires very dangerous. If you miss out the traction on the road because of bald tires, your car will easily skid away in wet conditions. You should always replace the tires when the tread gets to 4/32 of an inch. Using tires with 2/32 of an inch or less is very dangerous and not recommended.
● Do not rush: You should always slow down or adjust the speed according to the condition of the weather. This should be your first reaction while driving on adverse driving conditions. Wet roads generally reduce the friction between the tires and the roads and slowing down the car will lessen the possibility of sliding or skidding and will also offer more time to react to the situation.
● Maximise control: You should always drive with both hands on the steering wheel, which will provide more control over the wheels on bad weather conditions or wet roads.
● Avoid hard braking: You should always avoid slamming hard on the brakes, hard braking will lock the wheels and can cause you to slide forward. Instead of braking, you can downshift in order to slow down the car. You should always keep distance with the car in front because you will not be able to stop quicking on wet roads.