Driving in the Rain – Guide to Managing Damp and Wet Conditions
Your vehicles are nothing but machines and one universal fact about machines is that they perform best when conditions are standard. In case of extreme conditions, we should not expect a machine to...
Your vehicles are nothing but machines and one universal fact about machines is that they perform best when conditions are standard. In case of extreme conditions, we should not expect a machine to adjust all by itself and deliver like it normally does unless some adjustments are made, some restraint shown and some leeway is given from our side.
I am talking about driving in the rain. Although modern vehicles are equipped with the latest technologies to handle most driving conditions, expecting the vehicle to operate normally and adjust to changing conditions on its own is like being plain dumb. The truth is, to avoid road mishaps, something that is common in rainy conditions, the onus is first on the driver and then the vehicle.
Facts and figures suggest that there is a considerable increase in accident rates during rainy seasons especially across the Eastern parts of USA. Rain, when it pours is a formidable challenge while driving and if you are not careful, you and your vehicle may appear quite helpless against its power.
So what steps can we take to negotiate rainy conditions safely?
To start off, we have to remember that with rains, the road conditions immediately change due to addition of water to the equation. When vehicles ply consistently, the gradual accumulation of oil, grease and other substances associated with vehicles find their way on to the roads. These substances combine with water to form a thin viscous layer over the surface of the road making it slick and slippery. Accumulation of rainwater on roads gives rise to another hazard called Hydroplaning. Such a condition results from water retention between tire treads leading to formation of a thin water layer covering the tire surface. With such a condition, tires skid excessively and even if two of the tires hydroplane, the vehicle swerves from its path. To add to these woes, rain brings with itself low light conditions and decreased visibility that makes driving even harder. Under such conditions, if you follow these basic rules, driving in the rain will actually be more of an enjoyable experience.
With all these precautions in mind and some common sense, you can enjoy a drive in the rain without any hassles. You can always have an enjoyable drive if you maintain your vehicle properly and respect the conditions.
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