Arrive Alive

Driving in Heavy Rain

We have all experienced the sudden unexpected downpour of rain.

The following tips may be helpful for drivers who have to face a heavy rainstorm on the road.

General Tips :

  • Increase the three- second rule to 5-6 seconds to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
  • If it is raining and the roads are wet, slow down. Take your foot off the accelerator and let your speed drop gradually.
  • Never use the brakes suddenly because this may cause the car to skid.
  • If you find that an oncoming vehicle is overtaking from the opposite direction and will not be likely to do it safely, slow down and be prepared to move to the left shoulder if necessary.
  • Only move towards the shoulder if you are able to see clearly 150m ahead of you. Keep in mind that pedestrians may be walking on the shoulder to avoid the mud next to the surface of the road.
  • Beware of oil patches. Don't panic. Do not jam on your brakes, just steer through. In most cases, the patches will be small.
  • Always change to a lower gear before you take a bend, especially a sharp bend. Your speed should be at its slowest as you enter the bend and both your hands should be on the steering wheel. This slow in/fast out technique gives you most control when driving around a bend.
  • Increase your space cushion by doubling your normal following distance from 3 seconds to 6 seconds.
  • Turn on your headlights.
  • Be careful of other vehicles to the rear and in blind spot areas as they are especially difficult to see through rain-spattered windows.
  • Use your low-beam headlights to see and be seen. Wait a short time after the rain begins before using your windshield wipers because the blades may smear.
  • Be extra careful during the first half hour after rain begins. Grime and oil on the road surface mix with water to make the road slippery.

Safe driving techniques in heavy rain

We have since the development of this page given more attention to driving in heavy rain and other adverse weather conditions. This can be found on a page titled Safe driving in bad weather conditions

In this section we cover aspects such as:

  • Adverse weather conditions and unique challenges on the road
  • Aspects to consider before driving in bad weather
  • Driver Fitness and Safe Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions
  • Vehicle Fitness and Driving in Bad Weather
  • Emergency preparedness for bad weather driving
  • Safe Driving techniques in bad weather
  • What to do in an emergency to avoid a crash

Different road users and safety in heavy rains

Different road users and safety in heavy rains

It is not only our motorists and truck drivers who are exposed to these conditions and the unique threats they present. We also need to be aware of the safety of the more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and bikers when having to travel on the road in heavy rains.

Information on pedestrian safety in heavy rains and flood conditions can be found at a page titled:

Road Safety and Flood Risks for Drivers and Pedestrians

For information on bikers/ motorcyclists and the safety techniques required when riding in the rain and bad weather also visit:

Motorcycle Safety and Riding in Bad Weather

Vehicle fitness and Safety in Heavy Rains

We would also like to emphasize the importance of vehicle fitness when having to drive in heavy rains. The driver should be able to respond swiftly to any emergency situations. This will require in bad weather a special focus on both visibility and the ability to bring the vehicle to a sudden stop.

With this in mind, we need to ensure that our windscreen and wiper blades are in good condition and that our lights are in effective working condition. This becomes even more important when driving at night in the heavy rains.

We also need to ensure that our brakes and shocks are able to respond to the required pressure applied to bring the vehicle to a sudden stop!

Also view:

Wet Weather Conditions and Safe, Defensive Driving

Windscreen Wiper Blades and Safe Driving

Brakes/ Braking and Road Safety

Safe Driving in Strong Winds

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Discover The Safety Benefits of Glasfit's Anti-Smash & Grab Tinting Film

Discover The Safety Benefits of Glasfit's Anti-Smash & Grab Tinting Film

In today's world, ensuring the safety and comfort of your vehicle is paramount. Glasfit's Anti-Smash & Grab Tinting Film offers a cutting-edge solution that enhances the security, comfort, and aesthetics of your car. Applying tinting film is not a DIY task. If not applied correctly, the

Read More

Road Safety with Arrive Alive on X/Twitter: Why does it Matter? What have we Learned?

Road Safety with Arrive Alive on X/Twitter: Why does it Matter? What have we Learned?

Introduction It has taken a while but we are proud to confirm that the X/Twitter handle of the Arrive Alive Online Initiative @_ArriveAlive has reached the 300,000 followers mark. This number is a bit of a milestone and an indication that we may be heading on the right path to reaching an online

Read More

MVA Fund Partners with the Arrive Alive Online Initiative

MVA Fund Partners with the Arrive Alive Online Initiative

The MVA Fund and the Arrive Alive Online Initiative are thrilled to announce their partnership dedicated to safer South African roads and empowered recovery for accident victims. MVA Fund Providing essential financial relief to those impacted by motor vehicle accidents, ensuring you continue to

Read More

Motor Glass Solutions with Glasfit

Motor Glass Solutions with Glasfit

Change Your View, Change Your Daily Commute In the hustle and bustle of daily life, a cracked or damaged motor glass can quickly become a nuisance, hindering both your safety and driving experience. At Glasfit, we understand the importance of maintaining clear visibility and structural integrity

Read More

What Causes Lithium-ion Battery Fires?

What Causes Lithium-ion Battery Fires?

Behind the convenience of lithium-ion batteries lies a potentially hazardous science. SafeQuip, a leading distributor of fire-related equipment, delve into the construction of lithium-ion batteries, the phenomenon of thermal runaway, and potential hazards associated with these power sources. Understanding

Read More

Crime as a Threat to Windscreen and Vehicle Occupant Safety

Crime as a Threat to Windscreen and Vehicle Occupant Safety

On the Arrive Alive website, we find several pages dedicated to the importance of windscreen safety. It is important to recognize that windscreens are specifically designed to add strength to your vehicle - your windscreen contributes up to 30% of the total strength of your vehicle. Should your vehicle

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All