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Tips When Driving on a Rainy Day

Driving in the rain is difficult. The evidence of this is the high number of accidents that occur are the days when rainfall is more intense, as witnessed by insurance companies. Therefore, drivers should be aware of certain precautions to avoid accidents.

  • Slow down: it is essential when the asphalt is wet, as in these cases is usually also more slippery, especially when it starts raining. To avoid skidding, drivers should drive between 10 and 20 miles per hour below what is allowed in each type of road, which increases the adhesion of the tire to the pavement and translates into greater traction.
  • Allow additional safety distance: on a wet asphalt, the car travels up to 30% more than the usual distance for braking. Colliding with the vehicle in front of us is one of the most common accidents on rainy days.
  • Periodically check the condition of the tires . The tread depth should not be in any case below 1.5 mm. It should also take the wheels with the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.  The best way is to apply the brakes several times, avoiding prolonged braking. Otherwise, it is quite likely that we have to face the feared aquaplaning.
  • Keep the car lights on: in order for the vehicles to drive around us properly
  • Park and wait a few minutes: if it is raining very hard, the safest thing to do is to stop the vehicle and park it somewhere safe and wait for the rain to stop.

 

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