Driving experience in the 2023 rainy season

The rainy season often causes many obstacles for traffic participants, especially those using cars. Below are the necessary experiences that CarOn Pro wants to send to drivers to be able to travel safely on the road and how to handle when the vehicle is flooded or suddenly stalls.

Understand clearly about the vehicle being used

If the car is forced to face a flooded area, drivers need to grasp basic knowledge about whether the vehicle they are using is a low- or high-clearance vehicle.

Normally, if the water level is not more than 20 cm, vehicles can move through safely. However, when traveling in a flooded area larger than the wheel, but not more than half the wheel, the driver should keep the engine speed (revs) high, the throttle slightly larger than normal and evenly to avoid water overflowing into the pipe. exhaust, causing the car to stall easily.

Turn off devices that are not absolutely necessary

The first thing that car owners should do when traveling in rainy weather is to turn off equipment that is not really necessary such as air conditioning, entertainment systems… to limit the risk of short circuits, electrical fires and explosions. .

Drive slowly, evenly, do not accelerate suddenly

Roads when it rains are often more slippery and slippery than usual. At this time, the tire’s traction also decreases significantly. Therefore, drivers should drive calmly with an average speed of 45 km/h or less. Driving slowly will help the vehicle have better traction, reduce the load on the braking system and help the driver easily detect obstacles such as manhole covers or manhole covers.

When driving in the rain, in situations where you need to brake, you should proactively slow down and brake early. Because it rains and the road is slippery, braking distances are often longer. In particular, applying the brake early will avoid the danger of sudden or sudden braking. Because driving in the rain, braking suddenly can easily cause the tires to slip, easily leading to the vehicle losing control, causing an unnecessary accident, and can also cause the person running behind to not have time to react.

At the same time, the driver should keep the throttle steady and avoid sudden acceleration. Because when accelerating strongly, it will create a large inertia, causing water to overflow onto the grille and into the air intake, causing the engine to die.

Turn on fog lights

Fog lights, also known as car fog lights, are slightly curved lights with the function of supporting good lighting on roads with bad weather conditions such as heavy rain or dense fog. … So turning on the fog lights will help drivers easily see the road during storms.

Pay close attention and avoid flooded spots

This will help you estimate the water level and determine whether your car can pass safely or not. It is necessary to remember sunken and flooded roads to limit passing to minimize possible incidents.

If the water level exceeds the center of the wheel, the driver should not continue to move through. In addition, vehicles driving in the opposite direction create waves that cause the water to rise higher, which is also quite dangerous for cars, so be careful when driving through flooded areas.

Ensure a safe distance between vehicles

The safe distance between vehicles when driving in stormy weather conditions is at least 50m on highways and 2-5m on urban roads.

Special, absolutely should not run in parallel with other vehicles, especially larger vehicles such as buses, trucks, etc. Because running parallel to large vehicles under normal conditions is quite dangerous. If it rains, visibility will be even more limited, and conflicts will more likely occur due to inadequate handling of the situation. Keeping a safe distance also helps the vehicle avoid being affected by water waves created by other vehicles.

Follow the lines, run in the center of the road

On most roads, the center of the road will be higher. This helps rainwater flow to the sides. If driving in a heavy rainstorm, low visibility, or heavily flooded roads, it is best to drive in the center of the road, following the road markings. Note that with solid lines, you must absolutely run in the right lane, do not encroach on the opposite lane, it will be very dangerous.

Turn on the glass dryer

Just like driving on foggy roads, when driving in stormy weather, there is often a difference between the outdoor temperature and the cabin temperature. This causes the windshield to condense moisture, leading to fogging. To treat fogged glass when it rains is very simple, just turn on the glass drying mode first. Currently, most cars are equipped with front and rear glass drying. In case the car does not have a window defroster feature, you can adjust the air conditioning to reduce the temperature difference.

In addition, a Nano coating for the glass surface will also limit the phenomenon of glass being blurred due to stormy weather. Refer to the following article for more information:

Limit use of Cruise Control

The Cruise Control cruise control system should only be used under normal driving conditions. When driving in heavy rain or storms, even on empty roads or highways, you should not use Cruise Control. Because when the road is slippery or flooded, driving continuously at a constant speed can cause the tires to lose grip.

Instead, control the accelerator yourself. Increasing or decreasing the accelerator pedal in this case is useful because it helps change weight. Thereby increasing the vehicle’s grip when running on the road.

Pause if the rain is too heavy or the wind is strong

Driving in a storm is a situation no one wants to happen. Because at this time visibility is limited, meaning the risk of danger is higher. Therefore, in case of heavy rain or strong winds, it is best not to try to continue. Instead, you should temporarily stop, park your car in a safe, windy location, wait for the rain to subside, then continue your journey.

Always carry your phone and save the rescue number

Phones are essential and make sure you have saved at least 1 rescue phone number. Besides, you also need to master the information and characteristics of your car so that the rescue team can search as quickly as possible.

Calmly handle when the vehicle stalls – do not start or start the vehicle when it stalls

Driving when the road is flooded can easily lead to the vehicle stalling. How to handle a car stalled in a flooded area: the driver should quickly turn off the engine and remove the ignition key instead of trying to start the engine. Absolutely do not try to start the car engine when the car is turned off, this action will cause serious damage to the car, more seriously, water will get into the engine causing hydrostatic shock.

If you start the car after it has been flooded, it will damage the engine’s internal components; In severe cases, the entire engine system and electrical system may have to be replaced, and of course the cost is not cheap at all.

Instead, try to move the car to a higher location and call for help as soon as possible. While waiting for rescue, the driver can open the hood and remove the battery terminal to avoid life-threatening electrical leakage. In addition, vehicle owners should remember the highest flooding point to conduct inspection and cleaning accordingly.

Handling the situation of a car being flooded after traveling in a storm

After traveling in stormy weather, your car will certainly be more or less affected. Quickly check the engine and take it to a reputable maintenance center for repair. CarOn Pro is one of the addresses that has been trusted in recent times.

With a team of experienced staff, guaranteed genuine product quality, good service and attractive after-sales service, CarOn ensures that your car will be like new after being maintained here. You can rest assured to run smoothly on the road, because CarOn is your maintenance companion on all roads.

Refer to maintenance service details via hotline 0961.247.360 or contact website https://caronpro.vn/ to update many useful information.

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