Rain is perhaps the worst enemy for your tyres, and driving on wet roads can make even the best of the drivers nervous. With wet roads, chances of being in an unfortunate incident increases as risk and hazard level elevate too. Many know what the rules are when it comes to driving on wet roads, while some are still unaware of it. For your safety and to protect your car and Bridgestone tyres Nuneaton, here are some driving hacks to protect yourself.
First And Foremost- Slow Down
Whether it is just a sprinkle, or a heavy downpour, slow down while driving to protect yourself. Turn your vehicle’s cruise control off and take things slow. If you have a meeting to go to or an urgent errand to run, get out earlier so that you do not have to speed up. This might seem surprising; however, even a minor drizzle can increase the chances of accidents.
Try to maintain distance from the car in front of you. Drive to drive slower than the posted speed given. Remember, if other people are honking at you from the back to speed up, drive on the side and let them go, but do not feel overwhelmed and speed up. Cruise control can easily cause you to lose your handling and grip, so refrain from switching it on.
A Clean Tyre Is A Must
Wet roads mean there will be mud, water, dirt, all clinging to your car tyre. Again, during rainy weather, your visibility will be limited, which is again a danger sign. Ensure you maintain distance while driving, and keep your tyre screen and mirrors clean. This helps you see the front and the back clearly without impeding your sight. Check the windshield wiper blades, check washer fluid.
Also, ensure the tyres are thoroughly clean every time you venture out. Use water sprays to clean in between the grooves and also check the headlight, turn signals and taillights. Operating without this bare minimum will increase the chances of accidents and can jeopardise your safety.
Know The Roads You Are Driving On
Roads are often constructed keeping in mind the weather and the temperature of that particular area. When you are driving in a new area and you are not aware of the roads while a storm is brewing, be cautious. Sometimes the roads might look dry, but the water can enter the grooves and make your tyres feel all spongy and sleek.
Before driving somewhere, check the road, especially if it is in the countryside and you have a long way to drive. If the road consists of bridge underpasses, ditches, it would be better to stay away from them.
Stay Away From Standing Water
Hydroplaning is the biggest risk for your car tyres during the rainy season. Standing water increases the chances of hydroplaning; therefore, try to avoid it as much as possible. Hydroplaning is the phenomenon when your tyres literally ‘float’ on the water, and it becomes impossible to control it.
Standing water would simply mean the big puddle that is present, avoid it by swerving in the other direction. If the circumstances make it impossible to dodge one, slow down so that your tyres do not lose control. Avoid braking and hitting the gas.
Avoid Unnecessary Travels
While the rain may tempt you to take your car for a long drive, it will also invite danger, especially if the road condition is bad. If possible, push your departure time by a few minutes or hours if it rains heavily so that it does not hamper visibility while driving. Again, during the rainy season oil leak from any vehicle mixed with water can make the road slippery.
If it rains heavily and you are already en route, try finding a gas station or a parking space where you could take shelter. If parked on the roadside, use your hazard light to warn any passing vehicle. These are some of the ways by which you could protect yourself while driving and also keep your tyres Nuneaton going on for long.