Winter is almost at the end, but with rising temperatures more and more rain will appear, which will mark the way we drive. Driving in such conditions is not necessarily more difficult, but it requires a number of rules that must be observed to increase your safety and passenger safety.
Even if the rain appears during the day it is recommended to turn on the headlights. Traffickers can see you much better, especially if the rain is strong.
It does not necessarily drive with the legal speed limit, but with the slower speed at which you feel comfortable. If the asphalt is very wet or poor visibility, then the speed must be adapted to these conditions. Ignore the fact that other cars are going faster. Stay in your safety area, where you feel you have time to react. The lower the visibility, the lower the speed has a greater impact on safety.
In addition, the speed at which you move should be adjusted according to the quality of the tire that the car has. If a tire is worn, it will behave very poorly on wet asphalt, and the risk of aquaplaning will be very high. Thus, if you have worn tires, the travel speed decreases. I have written many times how important tires are. During rain, their role is extremely important.
Road safety specialists recommend that you maintain a minimum distance of five car lengths from the front car. That means a minimum of about 25 meters. Thus, you will have time to react to the menevres of the one ahead. Ideally, the distance is as great as possible, especially on national roads or highways where speeds are higher.
Hold both hands on the wheel and avoid being distracted. Mobile phones or the operation of some machine systems that require attention (such as the navigation system) can lead to dangerous moments, and in the rain that danger is even greater. The visibility is weaker and the response time shorter, plus the machine is more difficult to handle. Maintain both hands on the steering wheel to reduce the response time as much as needed.
It is constantly aware of the danger of aquaplaning. In those moments, the tire has no contact with the asphalt, with only a film of water beneath it. Then the control of the machine is virtually impossible. This situation occurs when the tire can no longer evacuate the amount of water it encounters. In principle, aquaplaning occurs very quickly on used tires or when passing through ponds at too high a speed. The danger of an accident in this case is extremely high. Until the machine slows down, it can not be controlled almost at all.
Avoid passing through water. For a modern engine, water can cause a number of problems. In addition, if it is sucked through the air filter, the engine will break and the repair will cost a lot. So, avoid passing through water if there is another solution. Better bypass than paying very big repairs. For example, the performance SUVs can ford water of 500 mm, which is not very long, especially for a car with the normal ride height.
Controls the climate control system to prevent the windows from fogging. Visibility is essential when driving conditions are severe. In principle, starting the air conditioning compressor solves this problem.
Take care of the accumulations of water that can hide pits. Passing through them can cause damage to the tread, bending wheels or even tire gauges. Remedying these issues is a high cost. It is best to avoid water accumulation or, if it is not possible, to pass through them, especially if you do not know the state of the road and the route.
The efficiency of the braking system is obviously reduced in wet conditions of the road. It is important to adjust the speed to avoid an accident, even if you are running at low speeds in the city.