It is no longer news that ghastly car accidents have led to the death of innumerable people, which could be attributed to improper driving in the rainy season. However, you may find out that the primary factor that caused some accidents is driving in wet weather without abiding by safety precautions like exceeding the speed limit in the rain.
However, driving in the rain, whether a sprinkle or a heavy downpour, can be one of the most challenging driving situations which some, if not all, drivers encounter. Rainy conditions are directly associated with higher accidents rates. No matter what part of the country you live in, it is almost certain that you would be required to drive your vehicle in the rain at some point. Knowing how wet roads and reduced visibility affects how your vehicle handles will help you drive safely in rainy conditions.
More so, drivers should be reminded that reducing their speed limit and turning on their headlamps are two of the simplest and most effective ways of reducing the chances and prospects of an accident caused by wet weather. Likewise, maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Stopping your vehicle will be more difficult when driving in the rain. Therefore, maintain a distance of several car lengths between your car and another.
Regarding car equipment, make sure that your car’s equipment is in working order before encountering rainy weather. For example, check your headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers to ensure that they will work well when needed. Also, check the tread of your vehicle’s tires. Balding tires can severely reduce traction on wet roadways.
Furthermore, most states require drivers to turn on their vehicles’ lights while driving in the rain. Even if it is only misting, turning on your vehicle’s headlights will increase both your visibility and other drivers’ ability to see your car on the road.
Conclusively, concerning the above driving etiquettes, while raining, private and commercial drivers should whack their possible best to meticulously ensure that they follow all driving instructions provided to them to prevent the risk of being crushed.
Staying safe while driving in the rain is simple if you make a conscious effort to employ these safety precautions.
Mallam Musbahu Magayaki writes from Sabon Fegi, Azare.Bauchi State. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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