Driving in the rain can quickly transform a comfortable trip into a stressful one, as the road ahead becomes more difficult to see and navigate. Driving in wet weather not only requires common sense, it also calls upon knowledge and driving techniques seldom tested in dry conditions.
Implement the following tips for safer driving in wet weather
1. Ensure your headlights and brake lights are working
2. Switch on your headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts other drivers to your presence on the road
3. Ensure your windscreen and wipers are in good condition
4. Check that your tyres are in good shape and there is adequate pressure
5. Don’t speed, and maintain a safe following distance, at least 5 to 10 meters
6. Buckle up, and make sure all passengers are buckled up
7. Don’t cross low-lying bridges, even if you think your car can make it
8. Slow down before entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks
9. Avoid areas where there are known to be adverse conditions
10. Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120 km, doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions
11. Avoid using your mobile phone. Concentrate on the road
13. Keep your cellphone charged in case of an emergency
NOSA Logistics’ driver training solutions assist organisations in improving fleet efficiencies by offering a combination of classroom-based theoretical and on road practical training. These interventions aim to improve driver skills and attitude with the outcome being that drivers also learn how to operate the vehicle correctly and in doing so, decrease tyre and maintenance costs, improve fuel efficiencies and positively impact on their own risk profiles.