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Tips to Prepare in the Rain to Reduce the Driving Risks

The rainy season currently presented in Colombia, she has led experts to Cesvi Colombia, to warn of the dangers that drivers are exposed to the move amid downpours, as the rain drastically changes the flow conditions.

Experts warn that although the automotive industry has sought to mitigate risks through systems that support the work of the driver (ABS brakes, power steering, sensors, stability control, traction control, etc.) and driving rain or on wet road has its risks, such as loss of visibility and aquaplaning – mainly that force to take action to mitigate risk

Visibility

When rain occurs, visibility conditions decrease. Why should slow, so that the driver has the time and distance sufficient to react? Simultaneously, the panoramic glass can fog, and hence a good defogging system must be provided that allows air currents to orient between the environment and the interior of the passenger compartment.

Having good windshield wiper blades and constant scanning speed, and not forgetting the importance of seeing and being seen, makes it necessary to use lights during the rain, even during daylight hours.

Driving Risks

Hydroplaning

The sudden loss of adhesion of the tires on the track happens when some wheel skates, a situation known as hydroplaning or aquaplane. This result happens when a tire enters water empowerment, and, when its ability to expel the liquid collapses, a sufficient film generated to separate it from the pavement, generating skating and loss of control.

This phenomenon can occur in any vehicle and tire. Still, it is accentuated in cars without Electronic Stability Control (ESC), at moderate speeds and with tires with little depth of work.

Inflation pressure tires

A tire inflation pressure excess loses its ability to grip the pavement, and when it rains, Conversely, low inflation makes it deform and also lose grip. For this reason, it is necessary to comply with the recommendation of inflating the vehicle manufacturer.

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Recommendations

* Perform a guilloche and depth of the grooves of the tire. The legal minimum in Colombia is 1.6 millimeters. Do not forget to check the inflation pressure of the tires according to the manufacturer of the vehicle.

* The higher the tire wear (less depth of tilling), the lower the efficiency and hence greater braking distance.

* The windshield wipers should be in good condition to perform a sweep fast and constant water. They should be changed once a year.

* Increase the running distance behind other vehicles and if they are commercial or cargo. This step aims to decrease the fog of water and mud that both blind visibility.

* Make use of heating butt or better air conditioning. Dry air helps mitigate the effect of moisture from the atmosphere preventing panoramic glass fogging.

* Slow down on wet driving sections, waterlogged, or during any rain intensity.

* Do not perform maneuvers in heavy steering or braking, because considering the loss of tire grip on the road, can occur easily lose control of the vehicle.

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