Around the world, the highest numbers of car accidents occur when it is drizzling or raining. Following these tips could help you preserve your life and that of others, avoiding accidents that can have fatal consequences, without having to stop driving when you need to.
When it rains, it is advisable to stay home. Changes in temperature can cause colds, you can get wet and ruin your clothes, and it is unsafe for many things. However, most of the time it is necessary to continue with the daily routine, despite heavy rains or drizzles.
Some think that it is safer to drive, to avoid being struck by lightning when walking, however, while the probability of being struck by lightning in a storm is 1 in 3,000,000, thousands of people around the world die in car accidents annually. For that reason, it is necessary that you protect yourself against these, taking the necessary precautions to avoid them at all costs.
Keep your windshield wiper in good condition
The windshield wiper is in charge of keeping your windshield clear at all times so that your visibility is not compromised due to heavy rain. It must always be clean, otherwise, touching the water and moving will spread the dirt.
In addition to that, look for fluids from the best brand of wipers you can find, as these usually have antifreeze to deal with the cold, when it rains with low temperatures. That way, you can drive without losing total vision of your surroundings.
Check the tire traction
Never drive on the road with a car that has worn tires, as it is impossible to predict when you may need tires in perfect condition to avoid accidents.
Traction and grip will prevent the car from skidding or slipping on the road, slippery due to water. Make sure your tires have the correct pressure.
Don’t forget your car lights
Keeping the car lights on when there is a lot of rain and, in addition, it is very cloudy or it is getting dark will not only allow you to see better where you are going, but it will also alert other cars of your presence so that they do not collide with yours by accident .
Pay attention to other people’s lights too to know where they are and to respect their space. For greater effectiveness, take another precaution and stay away from cars keeping a safe distance twice normal. That way, even if you can’t see the car from afar, you will have more chances to brake.
Check each headlight, including the fog lights, and if any are not working properly, replace them.
Slow down and stay alert for road markings
When the pavement is dry, road markings serve as signs that will help you respect certain spaces and always be safe, just like those who share the road with you. However, in wet weather, these marks become more slippery than asphalt and you are much more likely to lose control when driving over them, especially if you are traveling at high speeds.
Speed, in addition to making you more prone to losing control of your car in these circumstances, will also increase the amount of water that falls on your windshield, affecting your range of vision. The latter, in addition to making the windshield wiper dry less quickly than the windshield gets wet, can also cause this small item to be damaged due to stress.
Use the air conditioning
When it rains, it is impossible to open the windows, as you will be completely covered in water in seconds. The air conditioning of the car, in addition to giving you a pleasant atmosphere, has modes that allow to reduce the amount of mist inside, which can cloud the windshield. That way, the windshield will be free of fog and you can see better.
Never go through flooded places
It is common to see flooded areas on the road when there are extremely heavy rains. In the worst case, this flooded area may be the one you need to pass to get to your workplace quickly, however, always try to get alternate routes and under no circumstances do you cross the accumulation of water with your car.
The car, firstly, could flood if there is a door or window not closed properly. Also, by not having a firm grip on the ground, you run the risk of losing control and being at the mercy of the force of the water.
As if this were not enough, remember that you cannot see the ground. That is, you do not know if the rain dragged debris that ended up there or if the road has potholes that could damage your car.
The risks are too great to only save a few minutes of your time. It is better to be a little late than to have such a large material loss and, in addition, to compromise your safety.
Be careful when changing lanes or overtaking people
Use extreme caution when shifting from side to side or passing people slower than you. Remember that other drivers also suffer from reduced visibility due to the rain and that, just like you, they can lose control of their car by accident.
Sudden changes can compromise drivers’ reaction time due to the above, which can lead to an accident that will harm you and them.
Follow traffic rules when walking and make all movements meticulously, in advance and only if it is strictly necessary. If not, stay in place and follow the road at low speed.
This is a regulation for any time you get into a car, rain or not, however, many people do not wear a seat belt. This little piece can save your life and therefore it is imperative that you use it.
Don’t wait for an accident to act, take precautionary measures to prevent this from happening.