Driving on wet weather carries a high level of risk for accidents. The car skidded, crashed into another vehicle, or was hit by another vehicle. Moist or slippery road conditions can be caused by rain, snow or due to liquid spills. Therefore, to minimize all forms of accidents it is very important for us as a driver to prepare ourselves how to drive in all forms of weather including wet weather. Generally, we can find wet weather during the rainy season or winter. If we had a prediction about the weather from the beginning, then maybe we can prepare for it. But it is different if the weather suddenly beyond our predictions. What if it rains all of a sudden so the road gets wet and slippery? Or what if we have to go to work in the rain? here cars assistant will go deep on talk…
The following are some things that must be considered for driving on wet weather:
- Condition of car tires
- Pay attention to the speed of the car
- Know the ability of the wheel drive technology used by the car
- Know how to deal with slips on driving
- Keep your distance from other vehicles
- Follow other vehicles
- Learn aquaplaning techniques in driving
- Consider stopping if the weather continues to deteriorate
- Be careful for the first time raining
- Maximize the performance of brake components on the car
The condition of the tire is very important to be able to drive in wet weather
Make this a ritual before using a car. As stated at the beginning that sometimes the weather cannot be predicted so it is very important for us to prepare from the start. Take the following routine maintenance steps: Check the air pressure on the car tires at least once a month. Maintain the air pressure on the tire as recommended. The right air pressure size is determined by the car manufacturer and can be read on the back side of the door, on the doorpost, on the dashboard drawer door or behind the fuel tank cap. This size can also be read in the user manual. The numbers printed on the tire wall are not the recommended air pressure for a tire, but the maximum pressure for that tire. Check the depth of the groove on the tire. Enough depth will avoid the car slipping or hovering over the water.
Car speed on wet weather is very important to be reduced
When it rains or snows, the water will mix with oil on the road surface and make the road surface slippery so the tires slip easily. The best way to avoid slippage is to reduce speed. At lower speeds more tire grooves will come in contact with the road surface and the traction will be better.
Find out the wheel drive technology used in cars
Wheel drive technology used in the cars will be very instrumental in driving on wet weather. 4-wheel drive will tend to be easier in slippery roads compared to cars with 2-wheel drive. Similarly, cars that have front wheel drive technology or rear wheel drive technology. Both of these technologies, although they use 2-wheel drive technology, the driving techniques of the two technologies will be different.
Improve driving ability on handling slip on tires
Slips on tires can happen at any time and unexpectedly even the most careful drivers can experience this. If the car starts to slip, avoid to hit the brakes suddenly because it can cause the car to rotate. Avoid pressing the brake pedal repeatedly, especially if the car has been using anti-lock braking system (ABS) technology. Instead, press firmly and aim the steering wheel in the direction of the car slip.
Keep the distance from other cars
Driving on wet weather conditions requires a smooth way to use the main controls on the car, such as: steering, clutch pedals, brakes and gas. When traveling in wet weather, the shoes may also be wet and may slip off the pedals. Make sure the sole of the shoe is dry or not wet before starting the engine. Every driver must always check the car’s headlights as a whole, be it headlights, rear lights, brake lights and turn lights (sign lights) everything must function properly. On wet roads, braking distances are three times longer than on dry roads. Because it takes a greater distance. We must not get too close to the car in front (tailgate). At least maintain a distance of three times the length of the car between the car we drive with the car in front.
Follow the direction of the car in front
The smart step to driving on wet weather is to follow the tread of the vehicle in front of us. Use the brakes to a minimum, to reduce speed can be achieved by releasing our foot from the throttle pedal. In rainy conditions, turn on the headlights, even though the rain is not too heavy. These lights not only help us to see the road but also help other drivers from the opposite direction. If our car has been equipped with daytime running lights, use these lights so that the vehicle behind us can see where we are properly.
Learn aquaplaning driving techniques
Aquaplaning occurs when the water in front of a car tire gathers faster than can be driven by the weight of our car. Water pressure will lift the car so that it hovers above the water contained between the tire and the road surface. At that time, our car will lose traction with the road surface, and eventually we can experience slips or get out of the lane, or even get off the road. To avoid this situation, tire pressure must always be checked. The tire path must also be deep enough. If necessary, the tire must be replaced. Reduce speed when the road is wet, and avoid standing water. To be able to drive in wet weather, try to follow the trail left by car tires in front of us. If we feel the car hovering above the water, do not hit the brakes or turn the wheel in a sudden because this will make the car slip. Release the footing on the accelerator until the speed of the car decreases and the car has a grip on the road surface again. If the car is equipped with ABS technology, hit the brakes normally. The computer will instruct the brake system to pump itself if needed.
Consider stopping if the weather continues to deteriorate
Heavy rain will burden the windshield wiper, so that the windshield is always covered with water. If the foresight is so limited that we cannot see the boundaries of the road or other vehicles, this is a sign that we must go to the edge of the road and stop until the rain stops. Look for a resting place or other safe places. Turn on the headlights and hazard lights to alert other drivers.
Early rain makes the road very slippery
Road conditions will be so slippery especially when the first time the road was flooded. This will make the pile of dust into mud in an instant and still be left on the road surface because it has not yet been washed away by the rain. The road will be very difficult to master because mud and oil on the dry road now mix with water and form a very slippery layer. Control over the car will be reduced so the driver must be careful during the first half hour after the rain begins to fall. All of these things will ultimately make it difficult for us to be able to driving on wet weather.
Maximize the braking component performance of the car
In wet conditions, the braking component cannot provide maximum function, therefore it is very important to build it. The trick is to simply press the brake pedal every time we have passed a puddle.
To be able to avoid accidents, simple techniques on driving can be applied. The important thing to have is rhythmic before driving a vehicle. These rituals can minimize accidents both caused by ourselves and those caused by others. For us as a driver, it is very important for us to always prepare ourselves to be able to drive in a variety of conditions including driving on wet weather.