Many accidents occur every year because of the rain and not knowing the correct techniques of handling in the rain or simple distractions.
With the rain, the asphalt loses its adhesion properties and becomes like a skating rink causing the tires to lose up to 60% of traction. Visibility also reduced, which further complicates handling. Here are some tips and techniques that will help you prevent an accident.
- Keep extreme care on roads where it hasn’t rained for a long time. During the first rains, the grease, oil, and diesel that absorbed during the dry season, are removed by water (they are lighter than this one) and come to the surface of the pavement, which causes it to be very slippery.
- Plan to leave your destination with more time. You should drive at a slower pace than normal when the roads are wet. Keep in mind that traffic will be even heavier. There is also the possibility that the planned route was flooded or blocked. Whatever the case, remember that rushing will carry greater risk.
- It brakes early and with less force than normal. This result not only increases the distance between your car and the one in front but also lets you know the driver behind you that you are slowing down. Also, be meticulous when using directional lights so that other drivers know where you’re going. When turning or taking the curves, do it with less speed, remember that the floor is wet.
- Most of the roads built, the water concentrated on the banks where the strains are. That is why it must be kept in central rails to avoid lateral waterlogging.
- If you notice a large pool, avoid it. Water can splash the engine and damage the electrical system, or enter the cylinders and completely break the engine. There is also the possibility that there is a bump, this can damage a tire or the car suspension.
- Do not try to cross moving water. The force of the current may be larger than the weight of the vehicle and dragged. The four-wheel-drive might not be very helpful if your car pushed sideways.
- When you have crossed a puddle, press the brake a little to dry the discs by friction. Otherwise, in an emergency braking, it would have wet discs, and the car will not break as it should.
- Turn on the 9140 led bulb for fog lights. They will help you observe the road better and, more importantly, allow other drivers to see you. However, do not use the discharges as they will reflect in the raindrops, and your vision will decrease. If your car has fog lights, it is a good time to use them.
- Be careful with pedestrians. A pedestrian can be distracted by opening an umbrella or putting on a raincoat. Also, with the raindrops, the usual noises that allow measuring the distance at which a vehicle located are confused. Look closely at the road taking care that no people are crossing.
- If it rains a lot and you can’t see what’s ahead, wait for it and wait for the rain to pass or at least for it to decrease a little and you can continue your route.
- Observe the vehicle ahead; it will allow you to see if you can cross through the same place.
- Keep a greater distance with a truck or bus. Its huge tires can splash the windshield, completely blocking visibility. Avoid exceeding any, but if you have to do it, do it quickly but with great caution.
- I defrosted the crystals. The rain will soon cause the windows to fog. Turn on the front and rear defoggers in advance, so you won’t have to do it urgently when driving.
- When passing through a flooded area and feel that the car starts to aquaplane (slide over the water), do not press the brake fully or turn the steering wheel sharply. Slow down and keep the steering straight to regain traction.
- As a preventive measure, remember to have your car in the best conditions of brakes, tire pressure, and mechanically.
- There are special tires for wet roads if you cannot buy them, make sure you have those for any season.
- Check that the wipers are new or in good condition so they can clean the windshield.