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Safety tips for driving in heavy rain


Driving in conditions that involve heavy rain may not seem like the most pressing safety concern for many drivers, however, driving in any type of severe weather can significantly increase your risk and potential for a dangerous situation for you, your family and other drivers.

What to do when driving in heavy rain:

In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is travelling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road.
This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle.

Follow these tips to help you stay safe while driving in heavy rain.

  1. Eliminate any potential distractions
    Keep in mind that severe weather demands your undivided attention, so be sure to reduce any possible distractions by turning the radio down or turning off that phone to keep your attention fully on the road. Keep in mind that sometimes the best driving decision you can make is to stay off the road completely until the weather clears.
  2. Take your time
    Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Also remember that one of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on the road make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.
  3. Turn your lights on
    Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you. If the visibility is really poor, use your hazards. Rather pull over in severe rain and hail and wait for it to pass keeping your hazards on so you are visible.
  4. Give other vehicles more space
    Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.
  5. Check your windscreen wipers and lights
    Your wipers and lights should always be in proper working order and checked regularly.
  6. Keep a firm grip on the wheel
    Keep both hands on the wheel in case the rainfall becomes heavier and the wind starts to move your vehicle, especially if you are driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer.

Ensure your vehicle is insured for any unforeseen accidents, contact Iemas Insurance Brokers today for an obligation-free quote:

Call 0860 102 383 | SMS ‘Quote’ to 32297 (R1/SMS) | email stileads@iemas.co.za or enquiries@iemas.co.za

Read other related blog articles here: Wheel and tyre safety to keep your vehicle on the road

Adapted from: Travelers.com

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