It is imperative and highly safe that you maintain caution while driving in the rain. The Federal Road Safety Corps has cautioned motorists on driving carefully during the rainy season to avoid any road hazards or incidents.
We have put together a list of tips and actions that motorists should adhere to for safety when driving in the rain.
Remember these tips when driving in the rain:
- Turn on your headlights
Turn on your headlights when visibility is low, this helps you see ahead of you while driving in the rain and also makes your car visible to other drivers.
- Slow down
Wet roads will cause your tires to lose traction and your vehicle becomes more difficult to handle when on high speeds. We advise you to slow down while driving as this will help you increase your vision while driving and also help you easily make quick decisions in case of any danger.
- Beware of Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is commonly used to refer to the skidding or sliding of a car’s tires across a wet surface. Hydroplaning occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can scatter.
Read more on hydroplaning and how to avoid it here.
- Turn off Cruise Control
Ideally, cruise control should help you maintain a steady speed. But it may cause you to lose control and your car to hydroplane and go faster. Therefore, we advise that you turn off cruise control while driving in the rain.
- Defog your windows
Your windshield is can quickly fog up and cause difficulties in vision. Keep your air condition on while your windows are wound up, this will help clear the fog off your windshield.
- Be extra cautious
Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you. Try as much as possible to avoid flooded areas, except you have no choice.
And remember to be extra careful when merging lanes.
Find out the locations to watch out for when it rains here.
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