Monsoon season has arrived and so has the pain of driving in the rainy conditions, especially in the city traffic. Though we would suggest you to avoid driving in such conditions if not needed, here are some useful tips to follow when you have to.
- Drive slowly
Yes. you must be in hurry to get home at the earliest but the roads in the rain become slippery and the tyres may not get enough grip to stick on the road. Driving fast may result in losing control over steering and sliding the car dangerously.
- Keep safe distance
Keep your car at more than usual distance from the vehicle ahead of you. You need more distance to brake in the wet conditions than on the normal days. Also, the visibility is not great in such weather so better give yourself a bit more reaction time
- Use the brake carefully
This is the most crucial thing in the rain. The brakes are less effective in the wet conditions and if you brake hard, the tyres may lose grip and the vehicle will start skidding. Instead, prepare for slowing down by taking your foot off the accelerator earlier than you normally would and then brake slowly and steadily. Do remember to get those brakes checked before going on a long drive
- De-fog your cabin
Because of precipitation, the windshield gets fogged up and reduces visibility. Use the defogger time-to-time to keep your windshield clear and have good sight at the front and back. If your car’s defogger is not working, open the windows slightly and let the air circulate. It will help to defog the windshield naturally
- Turn on headlights, not hazard lights
Due to poor visibility, you must turn on the headlights not only so that you can see the road ahead but also to mark your presence to other drivers. If you are driving in the rain, even if slowly, DO NOT turn on hazard lights. Those are for the situations when you have to stop in the middle of the road to indicate other drivers that your vehicle is no mobile. Turning on hazard lights may send the wrong indication to other drivers.