Severe downpours are not uncommon in Barbados and can lead to treacherous driving conditions as the chances of slipping when steering or braking on a freshly wet road surface increases enormously.
Here are 5 top tips to keep you safe on wet roads:
- Slow Down – In wet conditions, sudden braking becomes extremely hazardous as tyres can lock up causing skidding and loss of control. Large quantities of surface water can cause your car to aquaplane where water lubricates the contact between your tyres and the road, causing loss of traction. If your car begins to aquaplane, release the accelerator allow the car to slow itself, refrain from any sudden steering or braking.
- Allow More Space – Your stopping distance should be doubled as the braking capability of your car decreases significantly when the road and your tyres are wet so keep your distance from the car in front of you.
- Be Seen – It is good practice to put your lights on whenever you put your windscreen wipers on. This will allow your car to be clearly seen by other drivers and will assist your vision in poor conditions. It is also essential to use indicators to communicate your intentions on the road.
- Maintain Your Vehicle – Be sure to regularly check your tyres are inflated correctly and have sufficient tread. Ensure all lights function and that your windscreen wipers work and the windscreen washer reservoir is topped up. Don’t forget to keep the inside of the windscreen clean too.
- Concentrate – Keep your eyes on the road and try to anticipate the behaviour of other drivers. Make all efforts to accelerate, steer and brake in a smooth manner to avoid unbalancing the car.