With the arrival of the cold season, the rains come, and the risk of accident multiplies. It is, therefore, essential to know how to act when undertaking a road trip. As soon as you see the first raindrops, at which point the road becomes more slippery, we must adopt the predisposition to conduct safer driving. It is as important to be aware of our driving as traffic. Any mistake can be fatal.
First of all, you should check them, as it improves visibility and helps reduce the risk of accidents. Low lighting and adverse weather conditions influence accidents on the road and in the urban area. And, although it is not night, it is essential to be seen in advance by other drivers.
More, if possible, on rainy days, where there is a reflection of the beam of lights on the road. This result further facilitates the vision of other vehicles. Ideally, bring the short lights, not the position ones, which are useless at this time.
When the visual conditions worsen due to heavy rain and the appearance of fog, then the fog lights, both front, and rear light must be turned on. It does not hurt, at this time, check all the headlights, as well as the intensity of the lamps. In addition to checking that they work correctly, monitor the height of the headlights so as not to blind other users.
Something that should also check in bad weather is the good condition of the windshield wipers. Try to keep it clean, checking the level of the liquid (it does not hurt that you include some antifreeze.
The windshield washer fluid usually carries antifreeze (some alcohol or similar, as the bottles, often indicate that it is flammable). It is not usual for that water to freeze (the ducts pass near the engine, which gives off heat), but the cold sometimes plays bad passes. It is key, since this way you can clean the mud and dirt that is released in other vehicles with the wet road more easily.
It is also important to reduce the inner fog that forms with cold and moisture. To do this, nothing better than using the directing the ventilation towards the windshield, connecting the anti-fog systems, or opening the window a little (to match the interior and exterior temperature). Important: if you find yourself standing in a traffic jam or inside a tunnel, it is best not to inhale the toxic gases, so you can go up the windows and put the air in recirculation mode.
It is essential to drive with tires in perfect condition, with one and depth of the drawing above 1.6 mm.
The paint grip of the boundaries of the lane and other road markings is less than that of asphalt and slips. While light up the led headlamp, special attention must also pay to zebra crossings since control of the vehicle can be lost. Stop before placing yourself on top of them. Another trick to avoid accidents is to follow the tracks of the vehicle in front: it will help you fix the tires to the pavement. Or it would make oncoming traffic for the opposite drivers.
For that reason, the speed must reduce by 10% more than usual or about ten kilometers less than stipulated by the highway or highway signs. It is important to note that the more speed, the more rain will hit the windshield. So our visibility will be reduced.
Another aspect to consider is the safety distance. We must maintain a safe distance greater than usual. About twice as normal. The car with rain does not stop completely in about five meters. Do not risk when it is not necessary. Pay special attention to pedestrians, cyclists, or motorcyclists since the rain reduces visibility, increases the detection distance, and causes unpredictable reactions in the vehicle.
Even if we carry ABS, we must maintain much more caution. Apart from slowing worse, our wheels can completely lock. And even if we have ESP, miracles cannot do. Finally, the imperative need to advance at all costs, we must reserve it for other times. With rain, we must make overtaking when we are completely safe before impossible. We can cause a considerable accident, so it is convenient.
Finally, you should not risk your safety by crossing flooded banks or waterlogged areas, since you do not know the depth or possible hidden holes in the water.
In summary, when rain hinders our road trip, it is important to keep in mind:
1. Turn on the dipped beam led headlights and led fog lights if necessary.
2. Circulate more slowly than usual.
3. Fold the safety distance.
4. Have tires in good condition.
5. Maintain caution towards other drivers.