Here are some dos and don’ts while driving in the rain in Qatar…

Here are some dos and don’ts while driving in the rain in Qatar…

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By QLReporter

Rainy season is always a special occasion for the people in Qatar, especially as it is not a common occurrence. However, rains can also make the roads slippery and cause accidents.

One has to be double careful while driving through thunderstorms. There are several things to keep in mind while driving in the rain.

Here are some dos and don’t while driving in the rain in Qatar, issued by the Ministry of Interior.

 

  • As rain falls, it creates slick conditions that are perfect for skids. The best way to avoid skidding is to slow down. Driving at a slower pace allows more of the tyre’s tread to make contact with the road, which leads to better traction.
  • It takes about three times longer to brake on wet roads than on dry ones. Hence it is important not to tailgate as more distance is required to brake. So keep a little more than two car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • In case the car’s windscreen becomes misty, one should run the air-conditioner to clear it for better visibility.
  • Avoid using hazard lights while driving in the rain.

 

Here are some extra tips for remaining safe while driving in the rain.

 

* Ensure your windshield wipers are working properly. They shouldn’t streak and should completely clear the windscreen in one swipe. If they don’t, replace them immediately. You do not want to be driving in heavy rain if you can’t see the road properly.

* In case of heavy winds, keep a firm grip on the steering wheel, especially in open places, so that even if you feel your car swaying, it is in your control.

* Do not drive fast or your tyres may lose traction with the surface of the road and your steering wheel may feel light. This is called hydroplaning. To gain back traction, slowly release your foot from the accelerator without braking and let your speed go down until you regain steering wheel control again.

* Another reason to drive slower in the rain is so you don’t shower pedestrians or those on bicycles or motorbikes with water.

* Watch out for vehicles that are big or travelling at fast speeds because they may cause a water spray that will reduce visibility.

* When driving in the rain, try to keep a gap of up to six seconds from the car in front because the road may be slippery and you must maintain a safe stopping distance.

* It’s very important that the tire tread depth and inflation are in perfect working condition because when driving in rain, a good grip of the tires on the road is a necessity.

* All rear and front car lights must be working properly in case the sky turns dark and you need to use them

* Avoid using the cruise control feature fitted in most new cars during the rain because even though they work well in dry weather, you may lose vehicle control in wet weather. If cruise control is on, you may lose traction and may not be able to reduce the car’s speed by releasing pressure on the accelerator slowly.

  • If your car breaks down in heavy rain, do not keep the bonnet open as you risk damage to the car’s electrical system.

Safe driving, everyone!

By Fawad_Salim• 4 Mar 2021 14:42
Fawad_Salim

While driving in rain, always use the best quality tyres so they do not slip and have a great road grip. I am completely satisfied by the performance of my Michelin tyres. They are indeed the best!

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