July 2, 2022, 18:39 | Auto
When the jokes are bad.
Many drivers believe that they can relax in the summer. The absence of slush, ice and snow on the roads allows you to increase speed, because the grip on asphalt in the summer is many times higher than on the eternally wet, dirty and slippery road surface in the winter. And it is partly so. However, the summer road is also dangerous, especially when it starts to rain. What not to do in the rain while driving a car, informs Ukr.Media.
The risk of flying off the road in the winter is certainly higher than being off the shoulder in the summer. However, it is a mistake to believe that the summer road is much safer than the winter road. And there are a number of reasons for that. For example, the same downpour, with the driver's inept actions, can throw both him and the car off balance. But so that the last one can no longer reach the service center on its own. So, what should not be done in a heavy downpour?
First of all, it is necessary to remember one of the main rules, which calls for keeping a safe distance from the car in front. It is recommended to increase it in the rain.
The downpour is sometimes so strong that the wiper blades of the car simply cannot cope with a large amount of moisture. This reduces visibility. The driver begins to concentrate on seeing at least something through the streams of water. But at the same time, he completely loses his vigilance, not seeing what is happening around him. And here to trouble. And if there is no urgent need to go on the road, then it will be more correct to wait out the bad weather.
During a downpour, clouds thicken, preventing the penetration of sunlight. Day becomes like evening. And therefore you should not continue your trip without additional illumination. It is necessary to make your car more visible to others by turning on low beam headlights and rear side lights. When it gets dark, daytime running lights alone are not enough.
Reducing speed during downpours is also a must. When it pours like a bucket, the water level on the road is excessively high. And sometimes, even advanced tires cannot cope with the drainage of moisture in the spot of contact of the wheel with the road. And this is where the problems caused by the aquaplaning effect begin. With a low clutch, the car significantly loses control. And the braking distance increases many times. As a recommendation, professionals advise to master the technique of engine braking in a downpour.
Large puddles should be driven slowly. Large potholes or, even worse, open wells can be hidden in the water column. Stopping in heavy rain is a science. It is best to choose asphalted specialized rest areas or gas stations for this. Soil banks are quite often washed away by water, and have the property of collapsing. And even when braking on slippery dirt, there is every chance to miss and fly into a ditch.
Correct operation of the gas and brake pedals is also important. In the rain, movements should be smooth. Just like taxiing. Especially if the car is not equipped with electronic safety and stabilization systems.
When a downpour is inevitable and you need to go, follow these fairly simple rules. And then any road will be easy. However, the best solution would be to stop and wait out the bad weather. You are probably a diligent and experienced driver, but the next-door neighbor is not a fact.