Despite the MCO, many still drive about on their daily requirements. This applies mostly to the brave people working at the frontlines. Staying home is just not a choice for many people, despite the order. Most go out to grab essentials like food, medical supplies and such. These days, torrential rain and heavy downpour have been frequent and if you’re driving, please be advised to take extra precautions.
Drivers making essential journeys should be prepared for distinctive road hazards at this time of the year including downpours and glaring sun.
Even though the days are getting cooler and the current month’s fasting period is observed, the motoring challenges are evident for Malaysian motorists, some of which were contributory factors for a number of accidents over a year’s duration. These include extreme wet and slippery roads due to the heavy downpours and plenty of rain, spray from other vehicles and glaring sun.
To combat extreme wet weather driving conditions, drivers can learn how to control a skid through a defensive driving course, if you haven’t attended one, it is time to sign up for one right after the MCO. Defensive driving course trains you for emergency braking, plus understeer and oversteer. Of course, there are simple steps to stay as safe as possible on the road in a downpour include slowing down, maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front and avoiding heavy braking.