Driving Safely in the Rain
We sometimes love the rain! Rain can be relaxing especially if we are in indoors. However, the rain can also be troublesome for certain things; driving and getting around outdoors. Do you realize, when it rains, most people tend to drive nervously? According to Brent Praeter, a supervising instructor for a driving school, many people drive subconsciously, out of habit. When it rains, they don’t adjust their thinking.
So drivers out there, be alert of your surrounding and focus! Slippery roads can be dangerous, therefore, the need to adjust your speed is also important. Turn on your headlights when it pours and maintain your wipers in a healthy condition. Many drivers tend to turn on the hazard lights while driving under the rain, however, that could only mislead other drivers on the road.
Most modern cars there days comes with cruise-control system. However, when it rains, turn off the cruise control and drive it manually as the chance for losing control of the car increases. According to the site http://exchange.aaa.com , drivers should slow down, avoid hard-braking or turning sharply and drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you.
However, when you experience a skid, do not PANIC! If you lose control, your car might spin out and hit other cars or divider. Be calm and steer in the right direction, avoiding slamming on the brakes to maintain control. When you approach a puddle, do not speed up! Instead, slow down as your tyres will skim over the surface of the water, causing you to hydroplane. Hydroplane refers to a skid motion on a thin layer of water.
So, the next time you are driving under the rain, remember these steps and stay safe!