Driving in the rain in a car

Driving In The Rain

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Driving in the rain is among the special driving conditions drivers face. In Nigeria, there is a wide range of weather condition that can impinge on normal driving situations and techniques. This is where drivers safety consciousness is important.

However, different weather and road conditions can lead to variety of different hazards, from season to season and from region to region. There is no way driving in the rain will be complete without bringing in hydroplaning.

Driving in the rain
DRIVING IN THE RAIN

Hydroplaning

Driving in the rain can not be separated from hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when vehicle tyres begins to actually ride on the water lying on top of the road.

  • It can cause complete loss of tracking of steering control.
  • Occurs when the vehicle is moving at a higher speed
Driving in the rain under hydroplaning
  • Also occur if the vehicle tyres are improperly inflated or treads worn.

Tips On Driving In The Rain

  • A thing coating of rain or snow makes roads slippery
  • Drivers should drive slowly when there is rain. Therefore high speed should be avoided whenever it rains
  • Fix good tyre, with good deep tread and ensure good tyre care
  • Avoid driving in a deep water because while it’s raining, there is possibility that you may drive to a deeper side of the water. Avoid it to prevent further damage to the car system.
  • Defog your front and back windscreen to ensure a good vision.
  • Turn on your headlights during rain, snow or foggy weather in order to be visible to other motorists.
Driving in the rain with headlights on
  • Follow the track of the vehicle in front of you
  • Ensure a functional wipers in your vehicle and use them when it rains
  • Replace windscreen wipers blades if they cause streaks or scratches the windshield.
  • Don’t forget to keep headlights in low beam
  • Remember it is even more risky to drive when there is oil on the road, slow down else the vehicle will skid easily.

For more information on special driving conditions read, night driving facts and tips

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