Singing and dancing in the rain is fun, but not for driving! It is hazardous and nerve-wrecking, while for some, it is anxiety-producing.
It is rainy season again in Malaysia and there is no doubt that you will be on the road during a downpour. Fret not, here are some noteworthy tips to keep you, your family, and others around you safe.
1. DO NOT SPEED
Do not speed and do not drive at a snail’s pace too. Thunderstorm and a very slow pace could lead into a traffic pile-up. As long as you have ample time to react and stop, then you are good to go.
By reducing your speed, you can minimise the big splash which can disrupt your driving view too.
2. TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS, BUT NOT YOUR HIGH BEAMS!
It is raining, and you are driving alone. A guy in a high visibility jacket suddenly waves his hand at you. Probably, it is a sign he wants to tell you that you forgot to turn on your headlights. Oh dear! Driving without headlights could cause other drivers crash into your vehicle.
On another note, make sure your headlights, brake lights and tail lights are operating correctly before driving, as you could get a ticket if they are not.
Remember, headlights are not just for the night time!
3. USE BOTH HANDS
You are navigating using your mobile phone, while driving with one hand, just to get home. Or perhaps, both of you are busy holding hands, before the car skidded and hit a lorry on another lane.
Please do not commit these actions when it is raining as these actions can require you, as a driver to take your eyes and attention of the road! Always hold on to the steering wheel with both hands. With that, you would not get caught by surprise.
4. KEEP CALM AND BRAKE GENTLY
Stopping on a wet road will take a longer time than usual. So start to slow down sooner than you normally would. This will also give the driver behind a heads-up that you are slowing down. This is also to reduce your chances of skidding.
5. GET OFF THE ROAD
If conditions get too bad for you, take the nearest exit for a cup of coffee instead of stopping on the side of the road. If your visibility is compromised, other drivers may be having a hard time, too. A heartwarming coffee on a cold rainy day is therapeutic!
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