Driving Tips On A Rainy Day On A Self-Drive In Uganda
Driving Tips On A Rainy Day On A Self-Drive In Uganda. Rain and wet road conditions are perhaps the worst conditions that most drivers will face regularly. Hazards and risks are many whenever it starts to rain or even if roads are still wet from a recent downpour. Many drivers will simply slow down as their only safety precaution when it begins to rain. Reducing speed is a crucial element of how to drive safely in wet conditions.
However, there are also other techniques or considerations that drivers need to be aware of when driving in the rain.
They include the following:
Thoroughly check your Car equipment prior to encountering rainy weather.
Before you ever decide to encounter rainy weather, first make sure that your car equipment is working properly. The important aspects to check are windshield wipers, headlights, and tail lights. Also check the car tires to ensure they are in good condition.
Keep headlights turned on
Another important rainy driving tip is always keeping your headlights on. Even when it is raining during the day, just misting, drizzling, and heavy downpours, keep them on. This is important to increase your visibility and also make it possible to other drivers to see you while on the road.
Properly ventilate your vehicle
Rains come along with increased levels of humidity, hence making fogginess of car windows when you are driving in the rain. The advantage is ventilating is that the majority of cars used by Car Rental Companies have special ventilation systems that helps in reducing fog on the interior of car windows. Therefore for your safety and comfort, it is advisable to pull over if your visibility is not clear. Then you can switch on both front and back heaters in addition to making sure air conditioning is on.
Wait until the rain stops, if possible
For safety purposes or if you don’t feel comfortable driving in the rain, it is better to re-schedule the road trip or better still walk if it is possible until the weather gets better. It is better safe than sorry especially if the rain is heavy or road conditions are wet.
Slow down if you must drive
Slowing down is not just about sticking to the standard speed limit but going slower than the normal speed limit. It is a known fact that rain and wet road conditions are very risky because the Car’s reaction time is much slower when it is raining. Just keep in mind that reduced speed is of vital importance in rainy conditions.
Make use of your functional windshield wipers
Using windshield wipers while driving in rain seems like common sense but this is a reminder to drivers to always remember this. Also, they should always make sure that the windshield wiper speed is in right position to clear all moisture.
Heavy braking must be avoided
This still emphasizes the point of slowing down when taking your foot off the accelerator. It is at least earlier than you always do before you finally slow down or brake. At this point, cruise control should be avoid to let your attention be on both the gas and the brakes are in motion.
Maintain a reasonable distance between cars
It is also important to maintain a reasonable distance between your car and the one in front of you. Braking the car becomes more difficult when the road conditions are wet. Therefore, keep a good distance between your car and the ones in front of you.
Avoid driving in standing water or flooded places
Cases of hydroplaning (when car tires start skidding across the surface of the road) are common. This is when driving through standing water and flooded places. Therefore to avoid this, avoid such waters. Instead, opt for other lanes or safely steer around such places.
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