Cool weather and rainy days are a much anticipated occasion the UAE. However, as we welcome the colder temperatures, we should also consider increased road safety during wet conditions. Take a look at our top tips for driving safely during the rainy season.
Use weather updates to plan ahead
Following UAE weather updates during the rainy season will help you gauge whether or not to drive yourself. In addition, you can also get essential information such as the best routes to use and those to avoid. So go ahead and watch TV updates, listen to the radio and read your papers to get the latest update from your weatherman.
Check these vehicle parts
Your windscreen wiper blades and lights are extremely important when driving through the rain. These should be checked before you start your journey on a rainy day. In addition, you should also check that your tires have sufficient pressure and tread as roads tend to be slippery during rainy weather. Furthermore, if you drive through huge puddles of water you should have your brakes checked by a mechanic afterward.
Exercise caution on the roads
Rain tends to reduce visibility and cause roads to be slippery. It is, therefore, necessary to be more cautious and drive carefully during the rainy season, taking into account your safety and that of other motorists. You should slow down and drive steadily especially where there are puddles to avoid creating bow waves and aquaplaning that can distract other drivers and endanger your life as well as that of other motorists.
Avoid stopping in puddles of water and driving through fast-flowing or rushing water as you can get swept away. If you encounter a massive puddle of water, ensure that you test it before driving through it. You can do this by using a stick or an umbrella to check the depths of the water and should you decide through this water, stick to the side where the curb or parts of the road are visible. It is also essential to drive with your lights on to ensure that your car is visible to other motorists.
Use non-electric cars
Despite their efficiency, electric cars are usually affected negatively by rain. Since electric and hybrid cars are susceptible to breakdowns during rainfall, it is advisable to travel with a charged phone as well as your mechanic’s number. Regardless, of whether you are driving a hybrid
Remember to always pack a safety kit, a torch, extra blanket and umbrella in your car. If you encounter heavy downpour, you should stop at a gas station and wait for the rain to subside. In the unlikely event that your car stops suddenly while you are driving through the rain, you should not attempt to restart it. Instead, you ought to call a mechanic to help you while following all the precautions necessary to alert other motorists of your predicament.