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We are two weeks into the start of the Rainy season and you should be taking all of the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Last week we started by providing you with some general safety tips in our Rainy Season is Here – How should you prepare? blog, but this week we will now be focusing on 5 Safety Tips for Driving in the rainy Weather.
1. Check your tyres! – The condition of your tyres can make all of the difference especially during the rainy season! Tyres are specially designed to give your vehicle a safe grip on the respective driving surface; whether this surface is asphalt, mud, or gravel. Treads, or the ‘grooves’ on tyres are the mechanism behind this feature and when driving through water or wet surfaces, the treads work by collecting and dispersing moisture.
This helps to keep the tyre dry and to provide a grip on the surface it is on.
Tyres that are worn and smooth do not have treads, which give less grip on the surface. This can cause skidding and give you less control over your vehicle when driving through the rain and wet roads.
2. New windshield wipers – Windshield wipers work by clearing your windscreen of dust, dirt, rain, water or any such material. However, the worn rubber on old wipers are not as effective as new ones as the surface area coverage is considerably less. This leads to less material being removed per swipe.
During rainy weather, worn wipers would not be able to clear your windscreen of rainwater as quickly as it should, especially in torrential rain when your wipers will be on maximum speed. This is why it is important to change and keep your windshield wipers serviced, leading up to and during the Rainy season.
Luckily windshield wiper replacements are relatively inexpensive and can even be done at home to further save on costs.
3. Use de-foggers – De-foggers work by melting the precipitation that can cause your windows and screens to fog up. Many vehicles possess this feature and it is very useful during heavy rain showers when screens can quickly become fogged. Fogged screens are not only a nuisance but can rapidly reduce your visibility and cause mis-averaging of distances between yourself and objects/vehicles.
For the best results, you should turn your de-foggers on ahead of time if you plan on driving through heavy rain. In the off-chance of sporadic rainfall, turn on your de-foggers immediately.
This decreases the likelihood of your screens becoming foggy, and also reduces any possible fog at a quicker rate.
NOTE: For older vehicles that may not have de-foggers, keep a dry, clean piece of cloth nearby to wipe any precipitation that may form on the inside of your screens.
4. Use your Headlights – Heavy rain, even during the daytime, can severely reduce your visibility on the roadways. In fact, heavy rainfall can create the illusion of night time as the rain clouds obscure sunlight. This makes driving through rainfall a dangerous task as there is less light to illuminate your way.
A key way to improve your visibility and make yourself more visible to other drivers is to turn on your Headlights to the highest setting. This not only illuminates your pathway, but also indicates your presence to drivers and allows them to gauge the distance between your vehicle and theirs; this mitigates the instances of accidents.
5. Avoid speeding! – Perhaps the simplest and most important point, is to avoid speeding! Even for the most skilled and experienced of drivers with a vehicle that is 100% functional, driving at high speeds through heavy rainfall still has room for accidents; whether these accidents be by loss of control of the vehicle, vehicle failure, lack of visibility, or being hit by another vehicle. Always take into consideration external factors and take the safe route by driving at the speed limit.
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We hope that this week’s installment was an informative read. Be safe and join us again next for out next piece!