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5 Basic Tips to drive safely in the rain

While rain is a blessing from nature, when driving becomes our enemy. Many times, we are not aware how much rain influences the behaviour of our car. Let’s see what we can do to drive safely in the rain.

Update maintenance of your car often

Having the car ready and able is always basic, but it will be especially useful when it rains. Check the headlights, turn signals and rear lights are working properly. And of course, that the wiper blades are not properly cleaned and dried out. Do not skimp on them, probably the most affordable security element around the car.

The tires will be more expensive than the wiper blades, but in case of rain they are vital. They can literally save your life. Checks that they are at the correct pressure and wear is not near the legal limit. If you see the markers will soon come to wear, do not wait and change them anymore. The deeper the drawing, have better adhesion if the road is wet.

Speed down

With the rain, the tires do not have the same power of adhesion to dry. When the road is wet, the friction between the tire and the asphalt is reduced. The tires are designed to offer a lot of friction it is what makes adhere to the asphalt.

So the deeper is the drawing, we will have more grip. The tire evacuates water for those drawings so that the rubber can generate friction with the asphalt. Still, the tires cannot dry the road. Rain, it is estimated that one third of the tire grip is lost, so we must also reduce our speed a third. In France, for example, the highway speed limit is 110 km / h in wet weather, when it is 130 km / h in normal conditions.

Hold 5 seconds distance to the vehicle ahead of you

Always we insist that we must respect the safety distances. And more when is rain ahead. To do this, forget car distance X or X meters with the car there before. The trick is to look at the vehicle that precedes us and see when it passes a certain point, (a tree, for example). We must take more than 3 seconds to go through the same point. If it rains, it is advisable to take 5 seconds.

Do not blindly trust your car technology ABS, traction control and stability control fitted to most of the fleet of our country are real lifesaver in adverse weather conditions. Let us stop and change direction without that we block the wheels or lose control of the car.

However, they cannot perform miracles and the laws of physics are unshakable. For a long ABS and ESP to equip the car, if we go too fast and, for example, if we enter in an aquaplaning, it will not work out.

Driving rain and aquaplaning

What to do in case of aquaplaning?

Hydroplaning occurs when the tire rotates at high speed so that cannot evacuate all water entering under the tire. In that case, the water pressure increases and lifts the carriage half millimeter or more. Logically, the tire loses contact with the asphalt and no longer control anything, neither management nor brakes.

If that happens, do not brakes or turn the steering wheel. You have to lift off the throttle to the car loses speed and the wheels back in touch with the asphalt. If you brake, the wheels will again be in contact with the asphalt stops (having no friction, the wheels have stopped). Similarly, if you turn the steering wheel to regain grip, the wheels can no longer look at the road.