How to ride in the rain: advice from the experts
In the past few days, the weather did not please inhabitants of our country.
Persistent rain has upset not only soaked to the skin walkers, but also for drivers, which among other things have to be doubly careful not to inadvertently fly into the flooded deep hole, or to have time to brake before an obstacle hidden by the poor visibility. In the rain the drivers lurks a great danger on the roads than in dry weather.
On wet pavement the tires with the decrease in coverage, so drivers should travel at a slower speed. Also impede the movement of puddles and poor visibility, reports Gazeta.
In wet weather be aware of all the factors
In order to properly control the car in the rain, you need to understand what your level of grip. Choosing a safe speed, pay attention to the traction, and then choose a safe trajectory in turns. The latter should be within their lane, says Mikhail Gorbachev, racing driver, instructor, and author of books on safe riding. He talks about how to ride in the rain.
Don’t skimp on the tires
Worn tires have a very small coefficient of coupling with a wet road. Tire with worn tread has the same grip wet pavement like ice. Using worn-out tyres is more of a risk of aquaplaning even on small puddles.
Hitting the puddle will cause aquaplaning. The tires lose grip and the car will spin out. Loss of control happens in a split second. If the driver reacted to the loss of grip, it will turn the steering wheel in the direction opposite the skid. This entails that the car will get traction with the asphalt. If at the moment of alignment the wheels are turned slightly to the side, the car will again swing to the side. The driver will not have time to react. If it is not possible to avoid a water barrier, at the moment of falling in a puddle, the machine has dynamically balanced: all four wheels are loaded evenly.
Remember that ABS does not reduce braking distance
This braking system helps to keep on a straight path to keep the car. In addition, ABS allows you to change driving direction while braking. Without this system you cannot brake and turn the steering wheel. This will lead to loss of vehicle control.
Don’t make any sudden maneuvers
If you hit a rut filled with water, you start aquaplaning. It occurs at a speed of 90 km/h even on modern tires. You have to gradually let off the gas and continue driving until the car will slow to a safe speed. During this manoeuvre it is necessary to firmly hold the steering wheel with both hands.
Recall, the wheel should turn smoothly and softly, trying to turn the steering wheel to the lowest possible angle.