Just in case you’re caught in a downpour, it doesn’t have to be stressful when maneuvering your way behind the windshield. Here are some helpful tips to help you through such times:
1.Drive a clean, well maintained car.
It’s imperative that your car doesn’t impair your vision when visibility is limited by adverse weather. Clean the outside and inside of windows and windshields once a month and inspect the wiper blades for wear. Once a week, check the washer fluid level. Before starting the car each day for the first time, give the headlights, taillights, turn signals, and tire treads a short inspection.
Rain or sunshine, driving without signal lights makes you a danger to yourself and others. It is very important that you get a good Comprehensive Motor Insurance cover just in case of accidents.
2.Know the road/ route.
If you’re new to an area, use additional caution during or after a storm because roads are engineered to handle varying weather conditions in different places. Take a moment to consider your route too. If it takes you through low-lying bridge underpasses or past ditches prone to flooding, it might be a good day to take the freeway instead.
3.Turn on your headlights, not brights.
Though many newer cars come with automatic running lights, turn on the actual headlights when using windshield wipers so your tail lights come on as well. The idea behind having headlights is to make you more visible to other people. When you turn your headlights on and your back lights come on, you identify all four corners of the car.
4.Steer in the direction you want to go.
Turn the wheel in the desired direction if you find yourself hydroplaning or “water skiing” as a result of going too fast; don’t worry if you don’t steer out of the skid right away. To realign, it can take three to five adjustments (and a little while longer for your heart to stop pounding).
5.Avoid making unnecessary trips.
It’s one thing if you have to hurry home to your kids or you’re already on the road. Ask yourself if you’ve driven in this kind of weather before and if you’re prepared to manage it right now. Staying inside during a downpour is safe.
6.Don’t drive in too deep
The road is too deep to drive on if water is covering the road markings. Even three inches of water on the road can cause you to lose control. Furthermore, even if you maintain control, a bigger car may push part of that water below your car, stalling your engine.