Monday, October 19, 2015


Wet weather is coming, and that means.. poor driving conditions. It is difficult to see out of the window and you sometimes feel as if you are on the verge of skidding.

Here are some tips for driving in wet weather:

Routinely check your tyres.

There are two main areas of concern when inspecting your tyres:

  • Tread depth
    Proper tread depth will help prevent skids and aquaplaning.

  • Tyre pressure
    Keep your tyres properly inflated. The correct air pressure for your tyres is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found on the vehicle door edge, door post, and glove box or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner's manual. You should check your tyre's air pressure at least once a month or before going on a long trip.

When the first rains come.

The first rains always make the roads the most difficult to drive on, as the mud and oil on the dry road combines with the water and forms a slippery layer. Drivers are likely to experience reduced control, and should be extra careful for the first half-hour after rain starts to fall.

Keep your distance from the car ahead.
When you begin a journey in rain, your shoes will be wet and can easily slip off the pedals. The foot-mats are there for a reason, scuff the soles of your shoes on the mats before you start the engine.

It takes about three times longer to break on wet roads than on dry roads.

Since more distance is required to brake, it is important not to tailgate. Keep more than two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Follow the tracks of the car ahead of you.
Try to drive in the tyre tracks left by the cars in front of you. Avoid using your brakes when possible, rather slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator. Turn your headlights on, even in light rain. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you.

Know how to recover from a skid.
Skids can happen even to the most cautious drivers. If your car does skid, remember not to slam on the brakes and do not pump the brakes if you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Instead, apply firm, steady pressure to the brakes and steer the car in the direction of the skid until you regain control

Check back next week for more wet weather driving tips in part two!



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