As driving conditions
vary widely between dry and wet, here are some tips to drive safely:
speed. It takes far longer to slow down in the wet.
of our roads are crowned towards the centre, water accumulates in the
outer lanes. As far as possible, stick to the middle lane.
three times the distance you usually would from other vehicles.
in the tracks of a car ahead of you is advisable as chances are your
tyres will need to disperse less water as the car in front will have
created a relative dry path.
follow large buses or trucks too closely. The spray from the wheels
will block vision.
excessive use of brakes.
your headlights in dark, gloomy conditions so that you are seen by others
on the road.
for more travel time between destinations.
be more alert for stop signals, especially at junctions.
drive beyond the limits of visibility. At night, wet roads turn dangerous.
Glare of oncoming lights, amplified by rain on your windscreen and reflected
off the wet road, can cause temporary loss of visibility.
drive through moving water if you cannot see the ground through it.
The force of the water may be more than the weight of your car.
through a flood, go slowly. If it is deeper than the bottom of your
doors, turn around.
feet before entering the car. Wet feet can slip off pedals, which is
washer fluid topped up and on a long journey carry some extra in the
you turn that ignition key and head out for that rainy ride, remember
to check for:
Smooth functioning, condition of arms. If cracks appear on the blade,
replace or the streak on the windshield will strain your vision.
Minimum 2mm depth including your spare. Check pressure of all five tyres.
Check for high, low and specially brake lamps.
Check that no malfunction lights have come on.
All windows should shut perfectly without gaps, otherwise the monsoon
will be in your car.
See if the handbrake works properly. Be alert for excessive pedal travel.
A common myth going is that you should waith for the monsoon to play havoc
with your paint and then deal with it. No, get an anti-corrosion and paint
job done beforehand - they'll weather the season well. Remember, waiting
for the monsoon to end is like opening an umbrella after a shower.