Decelerating is the most frequently recommended solution for preventing accidents during rainy conditions.
The weather is capriciously unpredictable, so the best solution is to make sure to equip your car to drive in the rain, choosing the correct tire rubber, brakes, windshield wipers… When it rains, the first thing a driver must do is to decelerate below the speed limit, as appropriate for the weather conditions and traffic on the road. However, the intelligent driver should also refrain from driving too slowly as it would affect other cars in the same lane driving at the correct speed limit.
To drive safely when it is raining, you must keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Cars normally take longer to decelerate and come to a stop on wet roads compared to dry surfaces. If the driver ahead suddenly loses control of the vehicle, you have a safe distance established, allowing you sufficient reaction time to avoid an accident. The worst condition for a driver is a flooded road. In this situation, the tread of the wheel leaves the road surface and is suspended in the water while the driver sits helplessly in the car. To stop the car safely in this situation, you must step on the brake very slowly, bit by bit. When you release the break, the tire will meet the road surface instead of the water and you will be safe.
You need to avoid any distractions when driving in the rain. You should turn off the radio or at least turn it down. If there are children in the car, you need to ask them to remain quiet. Don't answer the phone, put makeup on, read the paper, wink at your significant other beside you… All this allows you to concentrate on conducting the car so you are prepared to speedily handle any surprises.
In a situation where you need to overtake a motorbike, carefully judge your ability to pass the vehicle and turn on your light signal to indicate your intentions so they have enough time to avoid your path without being splattered with rainwater. Do not blast your horn unnecessarily, startling other vehicles and leading to surrounding drivers' loss of control.
Motorbikes: Beware of train tracks
Evidently when it rains, you need to stop by a sidewalk to put on your raincoat before continuing your journey. Slowing down is also necessary for motorbike drivers when they encounter rain. This is because when it rains, the motorbike brake does not operate as well as it does during normal conditions, which increases the potential for accidents to happen. Driving slowly helps you to better observe the road, make good judgments in various scenarios, and make smart decisions when handling various situations on the road.
When conducting a motorbike in the rain, you should avoid the spaces between train tracks as the slippery road could cause the wheels of your motorbike to fall into the gaps. If it is unavoidable, try to cross the train tracks with your wheels at a perpendicular angle to the horizontal tracks.
It is important to remember that even drivers with exceptional experience cannot neglect to be careful when driving in the rain. Heavy downpour can obstruct your vision. Hence, if you feel unable to properly conduct your vehicle, you should choose a safe spot to stop your car and wait for the rain to subside before continuing.