As people get back on track with the New Normal during the RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order), daily traffic has been a constant dilemma for most people. The monsoon season’s torrential rain and downpour is another challenge faced by motorists on a day to day basis, at least for next two months. Frequently in the evenings, motorists have to be content with commuting in the rain and sometimes thunderstorms getting back from work. Regardless, if you are commuting to anywhere in the rain you should take extra precautions, especially during heavy downpours and when you encounter flash floods which is a norm in this country.
Drivers making daily commutes should be extra alert the moment it starts to rain and even more so when it downpours. First rule is to not follow the car in front too close, be extra cautious, use hazard lights only when necessary, make sure your car wipers function at optimum and drive at a lower speed during heavy rain. Rain or heavy downpours is a major challenge for Malaysian motorists and one of the major causes of accidents. When driving in the wets, the car aquaplans, which means the tyres are slightly off the road, and the car’s tyres lose grip with the surface of the road.
These driving tips should help you reach your destination safely and without incidents.
No.1 rule is don’t follow too close. This means keeping a distance to the car in front by a distance of at least 30 or 50 meters, especially in the rain. Your car’s grip on the road and braking are compromised during a downpour, therefore if you don’t maintain a safe distance, you would end up ramming into the back of the car in front of you when traffic comes to a stop all of a sudden. It is also unwise to brake hard at a constant speed during downpour as it might cause your car to skid and go sideways.
No.2 Be extra cautious: A lot of motorists turn on their hazard lights whenever it starts to rain. However, it is not recommended to use hazard lights when it starts raining heavy. The reason is hazard lights should only be used when necessary, When hazard lights come on, you can’t use the right or left indicator which can prove to be rather dangerous. Furthermore, hazard lights usually indicate your car is in trouble and may confuse other motorists.
No.3 Make sure your car wipers function at optimum: Whenever the monsoon season hits, it is time to check your car wipers. A functional and problem-free wiper not only help you see better, prevent you from a major mishap.
To make sure your wipers are properly functional, simply try it out and look at the screen after each swipe. If you see any anomalies or unwiped areas on the screen, then you might want to clean the wiper blades. Repeat the steps above, if there are still uneven wiping after cleaning the blades, then it’s time to swap the wipers for new ones.
No.4 Drive at a lower speed during heavy rain: This is the most common advice but hardest to follow especially among Malaysian motorists. In a downpour, you should drive with extra caution and always adhere to a lower speed. Try and maintain a car and a half or two cars from the car in front. By maintaining a lower speed, you keep the car behind you at a safe distance as well. Of course, Malaysian motorists are known to be very impatience so do maintain your composure and remember to stay alert until you reach your destination safe and sound.