By Moses Akaigwe
Rainfall could be very important to all, notably to the farmer and people in scorching and dry atmosphere, as a result of aside from being a wanted useful resource, it fills rivers, offers recent water, cools the climate and sustains the ecosystem.
However when it’s heavier than a drizzle, rainfall is dreaded by each motorist, as a result of it makes driving extra tasking, and in some instances, poses a possible menace when extreme downpour results in flash flooding. That’s when motoring isn’t just dangerous, however very harmful!
Driving your car within the rain could be very difficult, which explains why wet circumstances account for very excessive accident charges in all components of the world. With this actuality in thoughts, yearly, because the Nigeria Hydrological Providers Company (NIHSA) and the Nigerian Meteorological Company (NiMet) difficulty rain and flood forecasts. The Federal Highway Security Corps (FRSC) additionally makes it an obligation to enlighten motorists and different highway customers with tips about easy methods to keep secure within the rain.
In accordance the FRSC, as a result of visibility is lowered and the highway moist, motorists should be sure that earlier than even taking their automobiles out within the first place, they need to be sure that they’re in good motoring situation: That the headlights, wipers, and brake are purposeful, and the tyres not balding or worn out to be able to allow ample grip throughout braking (because the highway floor is prone to be slippery when moist).
Past taking care that every one is properly mechanically, the human issue shouldn’t be taken without any consideration: Defensive driving is required in all motoring circumstances, however most helpful when it’s raining. And the primary rule for each self-disciplined driver when it begins raining is to keep away from extreme velocity. The slower the car is, the extra probably you’ll be able to be in management.
The Corps’ Public Schooling Officer, Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this, advising all motorists to use “frequent sense velocity restrict” in a wet climate.
Kazeem, an Assistant Corps Marshal, gave these tricks to drivers: “To begin with, earlier than embarking on a journey through the wet season, one ought to be sure that the home windows and windshields are clear on the surface and the within. It’s pertinent to routinely verify the headlights, brake lights, flip alerts and tail lights.
“The windshield wiper and blades also needs to be checked for correct functioning. The lights must be on through the day and at night time, every time rain begins dropping. Motorists are additionally suggested to cut back their velocity throughout this time and apply the “frequent sense velocity restrict”.
The Corps’ Public Schooling Officer additionally spoke on slippery highway floor and the necessity for good tyres: “As a result of the highway floor is usually slippery, drivers are additionally admonished to make sure that their tyres have ample traction. The traction is the resistance between the tyre and the bottom.
“As such, it’s harmful to make use of worn-out tyres through the wet season as a result of the tread patterns are pale and friction is lowered, thereby leaving the automobile with much less traction. And a automobile with out correct traction is a possible tragedy to the highway.”
He described car tyres as being amongst probably the most essential parts, and the one half that touches the highway, which is why the tyre traction is the grip of the car on the highway and it is vitally, very important.
Different important guides by highway security specialists in the direction of secure motoring within the rain embody:
•Guaranteeing that taillights, brake lights and switch alerts are correctly functioning so different drivers will see your car throughout downpours.
•If you’re not but out within the rain, wait till the climate improves, if doable For those who really feel uncomfortable driving within the rain and may postpone your journey or go by public transport service, wait till the climate improves earlier than driving.
•Take take a look at the tread of your car’s tyres. Worn-out tyres can severely scale back traction on moist highway. Be careful for obstructions, like damaged down automobiles, accident scenes, fallen bushes, which you will instantly come across, on account of (poor visibility).
•You must decelerate, keep away from exhausting braking or turning sharply and drive within the tracks of the car forward of you. This may assist to keep away from aquaplaning or hydroplaning – a difficult situation the place water causes the car’s tyres to lose contact with the highway floor resulting in lack of management.
Usually, the primary rule is, at all times maintain your car in good situation. Whether it is about to rain, however you’re nonetheless at residence or at work, tarry awhile for the climate to get higher, if doable. Earlier than driving within the rain, double verify the car’s important tools to make sure they may nonetheless operate correctly when wanted.
The verify record should embody headlamps, tail lamps, and wipers. And, if all is okay with the car, while you encounter the rain, it behoves you to cut back velocity and deploy what the FRSC calls “defensive driving.”