Driving Tips for the Rainy Season

by / Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Published in Automotive Advice

Driving in the Rain

The rainy season is upon us. And during these tumultuous times, it’s important that we take the necessary precautions to avoid getting into any major road accidents. We here at Roberts AIPMC aren’t just concerned about your U-bolts and radiators, but we also value your safety and well being. So without further ado, here are six driving tips you need to keep in mind if you’re going to brave the rains outside.

Be Cautious

If you think driving conditions are already tricky during the summer, it’s about to get a lot trickier when the rain pours. Now’s the time to be more cautious and stay alert so that you can react better if ever you encounter any unexpected moves from other motorists on the road.

No to Tailgating

This one’s just basic sense and driving courtesy, whether you’re driving in rainy conditions or not. Make sure that you always see the taillights of the car in front of you – at all times. It’s not just for your safety, but also for the safety of the car in front of you. Bumper to bumper traffic doesn’t give you the right to act like a douche on the road.

Be ready to make a full stop anytime

Your car’s breaks can bring you unwarranted stress since they don’t work as efficiently when they’re wet. To avoid any nasty surprises, make it a habit to step on your brakes lightly while you’re still within a safe distance from the car before you. As you get nearer, gradually increase pressure until you make your full stop. It may take a bit of getting used to, but this little tip might just save your life.

Plan your route and avoid flooded areas

Tuning in to AM radio can give you a good idea on what routes to avoid once the metro gets flooded. If you have a Smartphone, download the MMDA phone app or check your Waze to know what streets are safe to take. If you suddenly find yourself in a flooded street, make your way to the middle of the road where it often has the least water build up. Keep an eye out for higher ground and find a place to park. No use braving flood waters.  

Buy the right tires

If you haven’t changed your tires for a while, now’s the perfect time to get some new ones. You need to ensure that you have good traction even in the most slippery of terrains so don’t hesitate to invest in tires that will withstand the wet weather.

Use lights and signals responsibly

A lot of drivers have this habit of turning on their headlights or hazard lights when driving in heavy rain in the hopes that it will improve visibility. The thing is, using your lights and signals incorrectly isn’t going to improve road visibility – it’s only going to annoy the hell out of other motorists. The solution? Stop at the side of the road until visibility improves. No buts, no excuses.

Have any driving tips that you swear by this rainy season? Let us know in the comments section below. Safe driving, everyone! 

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