How To: Stay safe on the road this rainy season
Heavy rains, as you know, make it extra harder for commuters and drivers to get from point A to point B. For commuters, it’s finding temporary shelter to wait out the downpour, staying dry as they hop from one public vehicle to another, and enduring the jam-packed rides through traffic. For drivers, the wet, rain-drenched road means decreased visibility and slippery or flooded routes, which increases the risk of accidents.
To ensure you and your loved ones’ safety while you’re behind the wheel, follow these six safety tips on being vigilant and staying safe on the road.
Driving in the rain is dangerous, especially when you drive fast. When you’re driving fast, the risk of hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle increases. When it’s raining, slow down to a manageable speed, keeping in mind the minimum speed limit if there’s any.
In case your tires start to lose its grip, don’t step on the brakes in panic. Reduce speed instead until you regain control of your vehicle, then bring your car to the side of the road.
Turn headlights on
If your car doesn’t have running lights, switch on the headlights once you start to have a difficult time seeing what’s in front of you. Bear in mind to always practice proper turn signals.
Replace worn wiper blades
Replace your wiper blades once a year so they don’t impede your ability to see the road clearly. If you use your car frequently, change it twice a year.
Avoid flooded roads
Don’t be tempted into driving into a flooded road. Instead, park your car first and wait for the water to subside. You may also turn around and look for an alternative route. If a flooded road is unavoidable, it pays to know your car’s wading depth before you proceed.
Keep brakes are in good condition
Brakes are your most effective safety measure against road mishaps so make sure to stick to your maintenance schedule. If you start encountering problems–such as if the brake pedal feels mushy, sticks to the floor, or if it takes longer for you to come to a full stop–have your brake system inspected by a mechanic straight away.
Stay gassed up
You don’t want to end up stranded with an empty fuel tank when the weather rears its ugly head. For safety and convenience, keep your tank no less than one-fourth full. Avoid driving around with your low fuel light on. These are good driving practices regardless if you’re driving in the rain or not.
If the rain starts to fall and you notice your gas level is low, you can try to visit your nearest Cleanfuel station, where you can refill with Euro 4 Diesel, Clean 91, or Premium 95 octane gasoline.
In case of a heavy downpour, Cleanfuel stations also boast clean and spacious restrooms with air conditioning and accessible air and water services. There are also bunk bed station for private and taxi drivers set up at selected Cleanfuel stations for those times when driving into flooded streets is simply not an option.