How To Drive Safely In The Rain And Through Water?

Your region where you live has raining seasons which cause some slight flood. And you have to drive to work every day in the rain, through water on those days. Here the tips for your safety:

1. What is hydroplaning?

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The wheel starts to skid on water surface with little or no contact with the pavement, drastically reducing directional control and braking.

The vehicle, once in hydroplaning, will slip to collide with an obstacle or until your speed decreases enough for the wheels to resume contact with the soil surface and friction is restored.

The risk of aquaplaning increases with depth of the water layer and the sensitivity of the vehicle to the same given by the width, inflation pressure and depth of the grooves of the tires.

2. Short tips for driving in heavy rain:

  1. In case of heavy rain, drive slowly especially on fast roads such as highways.
  2. Increase following distance with the vehicles that precede and be very attentive to the mirrors
  3. Avoid having rails “footprints” caused by the collapse of the pavement
  4. Avoid abrupt maneuvers, both braking and direction change and always be alert through the headlights turn
  5. If “feel” that the car “floats” not stop, just lift off the accelerator until the directional control is restored
  6. Keep tires inflated corresponding pressure and remember that the minimum limit on the depth of the grooves is 1.6 mm which is indicated by witnesses present in the tread (the little hairs wheel). Anyway try to change them before reaching that limit.
  7. Do not reduce the inflation pressure of the tires in case of rain as it will worsen the conditions for hydroplaning.
  8. Keep wiper blades in good condition and replace periodically.
  9. Keep the glass clean and ensure you have enough fluid in the windshield washer reservoir.
  10. See and be seen is fundamental. Therefore light rain light rear and front auxiliary lights. Do not use high beams.

A shower or a storm with all of the law, driving in the rain is not the ideal scenario for many drivers. Discomfort, lack of visibility and the feeling of having fewer grips on the asphalt are some of the most common symptoms we have in the car. Today we will see a number of tips and precautions to keep in mind to drive in the rain safely.

3. The visibility in driving through water

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With the rain we face a considerable reduction in our visibility. Obviously it depends on the intensity of the rain, but we must always take into account the possibility of losing visibility gradually because the clouds reduce the natural light, and the more water they are loaded. This also helps increase fatigue at the wheel (maybe a good time to review how to drive in comfort).

The most common is that the field of view and the distance from our “horizon” is reduced so we must adapt to it from the start. It also reduces our visibility the extra water project us other cars, but especially heavy vehicles such as buses or trucks, passing.

In rainy conditions we must be sure that both the windshield and the wiper blades are in good condition of cleaning and maintenance in the case of the latter.

Dirt will partner with rain to produce a “mud”. As the result, it will hinder our visibility than normal. In addition, the lights must be in perfect working order and good clean.

In rainy conditions, however slight, is recommended (and compulsory in some cases) turn on the appropriate lighting. We must take special care to try to be seen, but also to avoid dazzling others.

4. Grip and stability

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Rain reduces the effective tire grip and can compromise the stability of the whole car. Although we have tires in perfect condition, you have to know that they have a certain capacity of water drainage through drawing, and when we exceed that capacity, we will lose 100% control of the car. That is basically aquaplaning.

The key to keep us well on the road is safe precaution. Especially when it starts raining, you have to be very careful with the speed and the type of driving that we maintain, as water is mixed with dust and debris from the road and a kind of clay that can be very slippery. What you need to know about grip and stability rain is:

We must reduce speed and do not make any sudden movements of the vehicle controls (steering wheel, brake, and accelerator).

It increases the braking distance, to a greater extent the more water there on the asphalt.

We must not cross running water, because if not we can see the bottom wander estimation and sink over the account, permeating the engine or being washed away; we can totally lose the ability to grip on the asphalt.

If we experience aquaplaning, we must stay calm and not make sudden movements, gently lift the foot off the accelerator, and keep calm.

5. Decalogue of tips for driving in the rain: the basic cutlet

  • Keep wiper blades in perfect condition.
  • Keep your windshield clean, inside and out. Eliminates misting with heating or air conditioning.
  • Maximizes visibility correctly using the car lighting.
  • Keep the tires in good condition.

If you need to make a long trip, it is best to complete the car review.

  • Increases the limits of caution: drive slower, leaves more space, do less sudden movements, do not brake too hard, and avoid puddles and moving water.
  • Look for the highest part of the road, as water tends to slide towards the bottom.
  • After passing through a puddle dries or heats the brakes, gently step on the pedal.
  • Avoid speed control: you can relax and have feet away from the pedals. In addition, if you could find yourself in aquaplaning with the system, trying to accelerate the most.

Above are some tips for driving safely in the rain and through water. Hope it is helpful for you!

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