Monsoon Driving Tips!

As we welcome the monsoon shower heartily after scorching heat of summer, we should also understand the risk involved in driving during monsoon and follow best practices to make it safe. The first rain always make the roads the most difficult to drive on, as the mud and oil  on the dry road combines with water and forms a rather slippery layer and driving becomes risky.

Here are some useful riding/ driving tips for this monsoon:

Caution during Hydroplaning

  • Hydroplaning is commonly used to refer to the skidding or sliding of car/bike tires across a wet surface. It occurs when a layer of water builds between the wheel of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to a loss of traction that prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs (steering and breaking)
  • If your vehicle hydroplanes
    Completely stop acceleration
    Keep the steering steady
    Use your own judgment to see if you can avoid braking till the speed reduces and grip is restored between the tires and roads again

Keep your distance

  • All vehicles require some minimum distance – called the “stopping distance”, before it comes to a complete halt once the brakes are applied. Reduce road grip during the rain increases this “Stopping distance”. Ensure you keep extra safe distance during monsoon

Driving through flooded areas

  • Judge whether your vehicle can go through the flooded areas
  • Watch out for potholes and mud pools. Avoid driving over these, as you can never gauge the depth the depth of the pit filled with dirty water
  • Avoid water splashing. Be considerate to fellow users of the road

Practice Caution

  • The best way to avoid lightening, flash floods and other dangerous conditions is by not being in danger in the first place. Follow weather high tide information and traffic updates on radio, print and other media

Allow extra time

  • Traffic congestion is worst in bad weather. Plan ahead and leave early so you have enough time to get to your destination

Visibility

  • When the visibility reduces, turn on your dipped headlights. When the weather is foggy, do not use high beams as the light scattered back from the fog will worsen the visibility
  • For 4 wheelers, wipe off the windscreen and windows. Use your defroster and windshield wipers to keep the windscreen and car window clear

Vehicle maintenance and safety measures

  • Ensure the vehicle is maintained and checked on regularly- brakes and tires especially
  • Always wear a helmet and safety belt

 

With safer driving skills and precautions enjoy the pleasures of driving in monsoons !!

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