Recently, our car-crazy friends from TopGear.com.ph came out with a list of tips for driving in rainy weather.
The site shares the kinds of tips that can make you go, “Snap, why didn’t I think of that?!” until it’s too late and you’ve skidded hard on wet pavement and crashed into the car ahead of you.
So to help preserve you, our valuable reader, in a state where you can continue to enjoy the fun (and boobs!) contained in these pages, we’re sharing with you the driving tips we learned from the car guys.
1) Keep your eyes peeled. With the rain bashing hard on the windshield, the sound of thunder penetrating through the window, and lightning looking like God’s version of a fireworks exhibition, the stormy weather brings extra driver distractions. So, turn up your spider-sense to 11, and pay extra attention to the road ahead, other road users, and pedestrians, too.
Now there's some driving focus. High five!
2) Remember that wet brakes equal less stopping power. To compensate, we follow TG’s advice: “Step on the brakes lightly even though you're still within a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Then gradually increase pressure until you make a full stop. After going through a puddle, gently dab on your brakes repeatedly to dry your rotors. This will prevent you from skidding or losing control.”
Alright guys, please ditch our old advice: “Ikaskas mo lang sa gutter, titigal rin yan.”
...or risk ending up like this
3) Wag tutok ng tutok, baka sumuksok. Tailgating is not a good practice when it’s warm and sunny. But when it’s raining, well, you’re just asking for trouble, pal. The low visibility, soft brakes, and the possibility of skidding mean that you are going to need some extra space in order to react to what the car in front of you is doing. With reaction time compromised, it’s wisest to maintain a healthy distance from cars ahead.
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