The probability of a car accident occurring in the rain is, on average, 30-40% higher. Below we will explain why you need to be most careful and how to drive in the rain so as to avoid any problems.
The slippery road . The adhesion coefficient on wet asphalt is 1.5-2 times lower than on dry asphalt. In particular, the first drops of rain are the most dangerous because when they fall on the road, they hit the dust containing oil, fuel, pieces of plastic and other substances that mix and create a fine but very slippery film on the road. The braking distance increases 5-10 times.
Aquaplaning . When driving on a wet surface at high speeds, there will not be enough time for the water to be pushed to one side under the wheels. Ponds form between the ditches and the road surface, and the adhesion to the asphalt is completely lost and the car becomes uncontrollable.
Low visibility . Visibility in the rain becomes lower and lower when it rains heavily. The outline of the objects becomes indistinguishable and the windshield wipers do not cope with removing water on time from the windshield. The windows are foggy due to the high humidity and all these things not only prevent us from seeing something but also distract us.
Dizziness . Drowsiness during rainy weather is due to increased atmospheric pressure, which causes the human body to react by lowering blood pressure and decreasing the pulse. As a result, less oxygen reaches the brain and this causes drowsiness. The driver’s reaction time to what is happening around him increases so that it becomes dangerous to continue driving in such conditions.
Rules for driving in the rain that must become habits
- Slow down when the first drops of rain appear: the road is the most slippery at the moment.
- When driving in the rain, the speed of the car must not exceed 50 km / h. Driving at higher speeds can cause you to lose control of your car. Moreover, it will be much more difficult to stop the car.
- Start braking earlier. This will not only allow you to stop on time but will also help others to quickly understand the situation and slow down. When handling, you must slow down before taking the curves. Try to brake and accelerate smoothly. Sudden movements can cause skidding and loss of control of the car. Keep a safe distance from the car in front.
- If the brake pads are wet, try to dry them. To do this, you must drive a certain distance by slowly depressing the brake pedal several times: the surface of the parts will heat up and the excess water will evaporate.
- Turn on the headlights: the parking lights in the rain are often not enough to identify the car on the road. It is recommended to use fog lights only when you do not see the road more than 100 meters in front.
Safe driving in rain depends largely on the technical condition of the car and the skill of the driver. Timely replacement of consumables and diagnoses of car systems and driving style are important. Follow our recommendations; Buy only very good quality car parts for your car and you will be able to feel safe in terms of weather conditions.