1. Slow down!
It takes longer to safely slow down and steer in wet weather.
Keep your inputs smooth.
Be gentle with the brakes, release the clutch. Also, maintain a greater distance with the vehicle in front of you.
2. Check your tyres
Your tyres are the only contact the car has with the road.
They need to be in a good shape.
Try the standard one-rupee coin test to see how deep the tread is.
If it’s lower than 1.6mm, you should replace the tyre.
3. Check the wipers
If your wipers are not in a good condition, you will not be able to see out of your windscreen which will hamper your vision especially during a heavy rain.
Have the wiper blades replaced at least once a year.
4. Use headlights in rainy condition
When visibility is poor because of rain, turn on your headlights on low beam as this help other drivers know you’re there.
Make sure that headlights are in working condition and always keep them set at low beam so that you don’t hamper vision of other drivers.
5. Pull over if rain becomes too heavy
Wiper blades can get overloaded during extremely heavy rain, and not be able to function as normal, resulting in a layer of water on the windscreen that becomes very hard to see through.
This is when you need you need to pull over to let the shower pass or lighten till visibility reaches a safe level.
Make sure you move off the road with your hazard lights on to a safe place where your car isn’t in the path of traffic.
6. On the highway
Also take extreme care when overtaking trucks and buses as they tend to lift up huge amounts of spray from the road which can result in temporary loss of vision.
If possible don’t drive during night, because our highways are already dangerous at that time with blinding headlights restricting vision.
7. Deposits of oil on the road
Rain can mix with oil residue on the road to form a film on the road, which can be lethal, especially around a curve.
Being gentle with your steering inputs, gear changes and acceleration comes into play again.
8. Driving through water
Driving through a flooded area can be extremely dangerous for your car, since all its expensive electronic control systems are put at risk, especially newer cars.
As a rule, don’t attempt to drive through water that is higher than the bottom of your doors or you could end up getting stuck.
If you are confident to drive through water, slot the car into first gear, and drive slowly through the water. This is to keep the exhaust gases moving out of the tail pipe. If water gets sucked back in, it could enter the engine and render it useless, requiring you to replace it entirely.
If your engine stops will driving through a flooded area never ever try to start the engine as it could permanently damage it. Call a mechanic and get your car checked first.