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Driving in the rain should not be routine

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Driving in the rain should not be routine

Driving in the rain is not a normal ride. Statistics show that at that time, more accidents occur than in normal (dry) conditions. If not before, it gets clear when we look at the official numbers. For example, in the United States, as much as 950,000 road accidents occur in the rain due to wet roads, where about 4,700 people die and more than 384,000 people get injured.

In the rain, drivers tend to behave the same as when they drive in normal conditions. We drive out of habit, which is not good. Experts advise us to be cautious, constantly think about the situation on the road and adjust the speed of the drive to the conditions and the circumstances around us.

5 golden rules for driving in the rain:

  1. Turn on the lights! For most drivers, this seems self-evident, but despite the fact that lights turn on automatically in most cases, there are still individuals who, in time of the reduced visibility, do not drive with the lights on. Such behaviour is extremely dangerous, especially due to other road users who can easily overlook the unilluminated vehicle.
  2. Check wipers and tire quality. The first one has to function flawlessly and remove all excess fluid from the windshield enough to remove the view on the carriageway. The quality of tires is also crucial. We need to be careful about the profile, which must quickly drain large quantities of water, and its wear. Newer tires are better than older ones because they have a worn-out profile and are not persistent on the road surface.
  3. Pay attention to larger amounts of water on the road. So-called aquaplaning or hydroplaning occurs when the vehicle enters a large puddle at a speed, and we lose control of the vehicle, and it can be fatal. The situation occurs because the tires do not keep up with the carriage, friction is greatly reduced or eliminated, and the vehicle starts slipping. For aquaplaning, just two millimetres of rain on the road and a speed of over 55 km / h is sufficient and we can already start losing control of the vehicle. If this does happen to us anyway, slowly lower the gas, do not overturn, and re-operate the steering wheel when we feel solid under the tires.
  4. Turn off the cruise control. Although it seems that it helps us in driving through the difficult driving conditions, it is actually the opposite. If we have a cruise control turned on, in the case of aquaplaning, the vehicle will accelerate and exacerbate the situation.
  5. Decrease speed! Speed limitations on road signs are valid in dry conditions. When it rains, visibility is very limited and the road surface is slippery. In order to prevent a potential traffic accident, we must start our journey earlier, drive slower and more precisely observe the circumstances and the situation on the road.

Drive safely!

Agio Team