Now that the rainy season is officially here, driving around has become harder thanks to the sudden rainstorms and downpours. And despite what you may think, driving in heavy rain is no joke, and inclement weather is one of the leading causes of road accidents in the country. Worry not – you only have to take certain safety precautions while you’re driving when the rain starts. Here are a few safety tips from us that you might want to keep in mind when it starts raining:
5 Important rainy day safety tips
- Be patient. Do not drive when extreme rain is pouring.
- Make sure that your car is in good shape and condition.
- Do not drive at high speeds.
- Use your headlights.
- Maintain more distance than usual from other cars.
1. Be patient. Do not drive when there is 0 visibility.
Yes, being patient is hard especially when you’ve got places to go and people to meet. However, we must always remember that safety should be prioritized above all. When it’s raining so hard that you literally can’t see in front of you, it’s best to wait it out somewhere safe until conditions improve. If you’re already on the road when this kind of rain falls, it might be a good idea to turn on your lights including your headlights, and start slowly heading towards the shoulder to a place where you can safely park to wait the rain out.
2. Make sure that your car is in good shape and condition.
This does not only apply during the rainy season. However, it is of utmost importance when driving in the rain. Always check to make sure that your battery, wipers, headlights, taillights, and tires are all in good condition. Wipers and headlights are required for your visibility while driving in the rain. Taillights serve the visibility and awareness of your fellow motorists. Tires help your car’s traction on wet roads. Balding tires can make your drive slippery and unsafe.
3. Do not drive at high speeds.
While this is already a given in terms of driving on public roads, be it a sunny day or a rainy day. Driving at high speeds during the rainy season poses more danger and a higher risk of accidents. Wet roads are very dangerous as it is very slippery. On top of this, the reaction time of a car is very much slower during the rain.
4. Use your headlights.
Headlights are used for both the visibility of the driver and the awareness of fellow motorists. When there is extreme downpour and visibility is very low, make sure to turn on your headlights even when it is still daytime. This will help all drivers on the road, especially you.
5. Maintain more distance than usual from other cars
The rain provides less road visibility, which in turn may cause more accidents and a slower reaction speed both from the drivers and the cars. Maintaining more distance between you and the car in front of you would provide you with more safety as you will have more time to react whenever something happens.
There you go, guys, some rainy day safety tips that you should always keep in mind. We hope that you can take into consideration these guidelines not only for your safety but also for the safety of your fellow motorists on the road. Stay safe and drive safe, everyone!