As the season of pre-monsoon has already started in Nepal, it is important to plan before travel. Especially in the case of Nepal, we all can’t deny that the road infrastructure of Nepal is in havoc. The water accumulated in the puddle of the street can trick the judgment of every driver. Despite the necessities to travel by road, it becomes very difficult to judge a pit situated in the water-covered road. Anyone can be the victim of this ambush and get into an accident.
Similarly, due to the shortage of knowledge about the depth of the hole, it always carries danger to you, your vehicles, or passerby taking the same road. Many of the riders juggle in this situation and it can create accidents at any time. As there is an immense possibility of meeting to an accident, a driver should always be careful and maintain distance while driving. Thus, we have tried to list out 9 pieces of advice that help you take caution while driving in the rain.
1. Test of Tire:
The tire is only one component that forms the contact between the roads and vehicles. In the rainy season, tire plays an important role and provide grips for the road. It is important to check the tire pressure. If the air pressure in the tire is less, it shakes vehicles abruptly. Similarly, the grip of the tire is also very significant as it consists of embroideries. Embroideries help to maintain grip in the road but often these embroideries get rusty and tire beings to flatten. Thus, testing these embroideries through the use of a coin can be helpful. If the coin doesn’t enter the hole in between the embroidery, we should understand that it’s time for changing the tire. There shouldn’t be a depth grip less than 1.6 mm generally in a four-wheeled vehicle’s tire.
2. Test of Wiper:
At the time of rain, it always blocks the visibility to see through from the front windscreen. That is why wipers are placed in all kinds of three-wheelers and big vehicles. Wipers are essential in the rainy season. There are rubber blades attached to a wiper. Thus, these wipers and their speed must be tested every time. Usually, the wiper gets rusty, worn-out, and dirty. Using such wipes usually scratches the windscreen and can create accidents. Thus, it is important to test these wipers periodically.
3. Driving with a Head Light on:
As it starts to rain, it is important to turn the headlights on. Usually, the visibility of the streets gets murky when it rains. Hence to enhance the visibility of the street, it is important to turn the headlights on. Headlight must be kept dazzling and clean. Usually, the mud and dust in the headlight section of your auto-motive spark poor lights, and it gets dispersed.
4. Side vehicles:
It is important to stop and wait in case of a sudden hurricane and thick fog while raining. Usually, in such a situation, we can’t see the vehicles running on the road. As everyone feels panicked, we need to be quick and side down our vehicles on the corner of the road. We must not forget to turn on our emergency indicators and headlight while stopping the vehicles. We should only turn on the ignition only after when rain stops and the fog gets vanished.
5. Maintaining Distance:
It is important to keep distance from other vehicles while driving. Usually, at monsoon time, these distances should at least be two to three times greater than the usual. Distance in a monsoon while driving on the street. Similarly, if we are driving on the highway, we should at least keep 3 seconds distance from other vehicles.
6. Keeping Distance with a Gigantic Vehicle:
We should always maintain our distance from huge vehicles running on the street while it is raining. The majority of the road accidents related cases at the time of monsoon are reported due to failure of maintaining distance with these gigantic vehicles. These gigantic vehicles don’t care about the small pit. They usually come with big tire resistance to avoid such small pits. But, as we have minimal resistance and control while hitting the road, we won’t be able to judge what is waiting for us down the road. Thus, when we are following these vehicles, we became visibly impaired. As we can’t see the road, we may land up in these pit ambushes anytime that can be fatal. Hence, we shouldn’t dare to overtake such big vehicles anytime when it is raining.
7. Paying Attention to Lubricant on the Way:
Most of the time many of the vehicles strew lubricant, petrol, and diesel on the way unknowingly. When mixed with a small amount of water it becomes super slippery. Thus, it is important to notice these kinds of factors while we are driving down the road. In case of such incidents, if our tire meets with such lubricants, it can easily dislocate our tire and we can get slipped away.
8. Paying Attention Towards the Pedestrian:
We should always take care of the pedestrian while driving. Usually, when we are driving through the water alley, we can’t speculate how much water is frozen there. Hence, when we are driving due to our speed and mass of our vehicle can easily splash water on the pedestrian. Hence, it is one of the most important factors to bear in mind while driving. Similarly, when we are driving in the rain, we must understand that our brakes can slip at any time. So it is important to slow down while driving and we must start applying our brakes at least 5 seconds distance ahead whenever we see pedestrians crossing the road.
9. Keeping A/C on:
Usually, the inner temperature of vehicles is higher than the outer temperature while we are driving in the rainy season. Due to this temperature imbalance, the water vapor gets frozen in the windscreen. Most of the drivers dare to wipe these vapors off with a cloth. But this is not the right thing to do. It usually leaves a rough stain mark on the windscreen and the windscreen starts getting polluted. It is advised to turn on the A/C immediately to wipe off these vapors. The A/C vent should focus on the front windscreen and when vapor vanishes A/C should be turned off keeping the fan on.