35% of lone road accidents in Lagos occur during or after rainfall. Rainfall has been recorded in some parts of Nigeria towards the end of February and now.
Driving in the rain requires a few changes as it is different from driving on dry and sunny days. Drivers must change their approach to driving when it rains to maintain their safety.
These are three tips to bear in mind if you are going to be driving in the rain:
Before setting out to drive in the rain, drivers should prepare themselves to drive safely. Ensure that you are well-rested and have a clear mind. You cannot afford distractions. Confirm that your tyres are properly inflated as this will give them traction on the road.
If tyres are balding or are deflating slowly, they are susceptible to slippery roads. Get your mechanic or a roadside vulcanizer to check your tyres if you’re going to be driving in the rain.
Prioritize your sight
One of the major difficulties of driving in the rain is that it limits your sight day and night. To avoid coalitions, drivers must test their windshield wipers before setting out. Make sure that the wipers can swipe the windshield without leaving a streak. If you notice that the windshield wipers are not working fine, replace them yourself or at the nearest filling station.
Other things you should check for are the brightness of your headlights, brake lights, and more. These lights ensure that other drivers on the road can see you despite the downpour.
Maintain your distance
An important technique that drivers must apply when driving in the rain is spacing. Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you while driving in the rain.
When you do this, you eliminate the possibility of sudden collision with the car in front in case the slippery roads.
Do you know any other tips that help when driving in the rain? Share with us in the comments.