Everyone enjoys singing in rain but nobody enjoys driving in it. Driving on wet or slippery roads can be very dangerous.
A study of automobile crashes from 2005 to 2014 claims that more than 20 percent of all vehicle crashes were weather-related. In the US, every year around 6000 peoples are killed and more than 4,00,000 people are injured in weather related collisions.
Here we’ve compiled some tips to drive safely on wet or slippery roads.
1: Inspect Your Vehicle
Before heading out for a journey try to inspect your vehicle first. Make sure that your vehicle’s equipment is working properly. Check your headlights, indicators, and windshield wipers to make sure that all of them are functioning properly. Also, check the tires and brakes of your vehicle. Bald tires can put you at risk of a collision.
2: Reduce Your Speed
When driving on wet roads, be sure to limit your speed. This can help you to avoid loss of control while driving. A wet or slippery road means that your vehicle tires are moving on a thin layer of water, not properly gripping the surface of the road, which makes it difficult for a driver to control the steering or braking of a vehicle.
3: Keep A Safe Distance
Wet roads can be very dangerous for driving. Make sure to keep your distance from other cars to avoid having to stop too quickly. When taking a turn, make sure you check out your mirrors and leave some distance between you and the car moving in front of you.
4: Hands On The Steering Wheel
Control is the most important thing while driving on wet or slippery roads. Make sure to have both your hands on the steering (no messing with the radio). This will guarantee you to come out of a sticky situation safely.
5: Turn On The Headlights
It’s necessary to turn on your headlights during wet weather because of low visibility. This cannot only increase your visibility but also indicates to other drivers that you’re on the road.
6: Avoid Heavy Braking As Much As You Can
While driving on a wet or slippery road, you can find yourself in a skid that will cause you to hit the brake pedal very suddenly. Try your best to overcome this situation. Water in the road causes the brakes to lose their stopping power. Press the brakes slowly in order to maintain control of the car is the best technique.
7: Avoid Using Cruise Control
Nowadays, many cars come with the feature of cruise control, which is best in dry conditions because it keeps your speed constant. But when you try to use this while driving on a wet road, there are many chances that you’ll lose control of your vehicle.
While driving on wet roads it’s important for you to concentrate on your driving. Avoiding cruise control will allow the driver more options to overcome dangerous situations safely.