No matter where you live, traffic gets severely backed up in bad weather, particularly during rain and thunderstorms. Rain increases a number of people’s ability to drive cautiously but for some, it leads to an increased chance of having an accident.
The best advice to stay safe during stormy weather is to stay indoors and avoid the roads. For those of us who have to get to work or get the kids to school, however, this is not an option. Navigating wet roads can be difficult and for many, nerve-wracking.
Here are a few tips on how to drive safely in wet, stormy weather:
- Slow down to maintain tyre traction on the road. Rain decreases your visibility and you need to be able to react quickly and safely on slippery roads.
- Be alert. The start of a storm can be dangerous. Moisture mixes with oil on the road, making the road surface even more slippery and dangerous.
- Beware of hydroplaning. If you find yourself hydroplaning, keep calm. Take your foot off the accelerator and steer the vehicle in a safe direction. Do not over-correct your steering.
- Avoid sudden braking and sharp turns.
- Avoid deep puddles. The puddle could possibly be caused by a large pothole that could damage the car’s tyres and rims.
- Avoid flooded roads. One metre of water can float your vehicle and two metres can sweep it away, so avoid flooded roads altogether.
- Turn on your headlights but don’t use your high beams or brite lights.
- Keep a safe following distance of at least three car lengths. The car in front and behind you will also have limited visibility and may need to brake suddenly.
Remember to regularly check your car’s brakes and tyres, keeping your car well-maintained to increase road safety.