Driving tips: What to do in the rain
Suddenly, the rainy season is upon us, and as usual, no one has any idea what to do when it’s pouring hard in a storm. There isn’t much that needs to be known beyond some common sense.
- Slow down.
- Leave earlier, because you will drive slowly.
- Avoid sudden braking. Use the brakes as lightly as possible.
- Leave longer safe distance from the car in front, since you are braking lightly.
- Don’t use cruise control, or the car might accelerate by itself if it hits a puddle.
- Stay away from the edges of the road, namely the first and last lanes, as water builds up there.
- Turn on your headlights. Turn on foglights too if you have them. Fog lamps weren’t meant for retards to just look cool in clear weather.
- Stay away from buses and trucks, as their big tyres spray water.
- Turn on the defog feature in your a/c to avoid fogging up your windshield.
- Slow down a fair bit when driving over puddles, as the car might slip-and-slide if the water is too deep. Avoid splashing water.
- If the front-end of your car slips, quit panicking and keep the steering straight, while staying off the brakes and easing off the accelerator.
- After you splash through a puddle, lightly press the brakes to remove water off the discs.
- Avoid sideways-running water or if you can’t see the ground under the water. Your car’s electronics will fry if it is too deep. Your tyres will lose grip if you start floating. If water goes in through the air intake, your engine will die.
- Try to drive on the ‘tracks’ created through the water by the car in front.
- If you end up in the middle of a flood, keep the engine revving so water does not go in through the exhaust pipe.