- Don’t Use Cruise Control– Driving too fast with rain on the roadway can cause hydroplaning, which is when your tires rise up above the road on a film of water. This is extremely dangerous because it’s very easy to lose control if this occurs. When the pavement is wet, cruise control can be extremely dangerous.
- Leave Room Between Cars- Always keep plenty of space between you and the car ahead in case of you have to stop abruptly.
- Remain Calm During Skid – Regardless of how safe you’re driving, you can still skid out depending on the road conditions. If this happens, it’s important to remain calm so you can stay in control of your vehicle. If and when you start to skid, be sure to continue steering in the direction you want to go. Try to avoid slamming on the brakes as much as possible because it could actually make things worse.
- Remain calm when driving in challenging weather-it’s important to remain calm and collective behind the wheel – especially while driving in challenging weather conditions. If the rain is falling hard, there’s a good chance your screen will blur because of the steam, turn on the headlights and fog lights and drive slowly.
- Portholes-we all know the condition of Nigerian roads,but we can’t tell the depth of portholes and falling into a porthole or a ditch can be a terrible disaster especiallyduring the raining season. Drive slowly and watch out for places you see water logged up.
- Determine the condition and quality of your tyres-Your vehicle’s tyres displace water on wet roads maintaining traction. For maximum gripping power, it’s important to preserve tire tread with regular checks of tyre pressure that are recommended once a month.
- Check your brakes. Coming to a complete stop in rainy conditions takes longer than in dry. With wet weather upon us, it’s important to keep brakes in optimal condition. To stay safe, have your brake components checked and obtain brake services according to vehicle manufacturer specifications. If you notice any squealing noises when you press the brake, your brake pads may need changing. Be aware that any grinding noises while braking warrant an immediate inspection.
- Inspect your windshield wipers-Being able to see in rainy weather is vital to your own safety as well as that of passengers and any other drivers on the road. Being caught in a rainy downpour with poorly working wiper blades is dangerous. Check the condition of your windshield wipers for signs of brittleness and if you notice any streaking, it may be time for new wipers.
- Inspect and ensure your headlights are working optimally-In inclement weather, properly working headlights increase visibility allowing you to see the road and other drivers to see you. During heavy rain or fog, the beam of your vehicle’s headlights may be the only way other drivers know your vehicle is on the road.
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