MVD’s tips for safer journey on road during rainy season

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Driving during the rainy season can be challenging, regardless of the vehicle you are using. There are various factors that can pose dangers on the roads, such as waterlogged roads, open drains, manholes, water-covered potholes, and slippery surfaces. In light of these risks, the Motor Vehicle Department has issued a warning, urging drivers to exercise caution when driving in rainy conditions. Safety guidelines have been shared through social media platforms to raise awareness and promote safe driving practices.

Here are the instructions provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles:

Attention Drivers:

  1. The friction between the road and tires decreases during rain due to the presence of water. It is advisable to use tires with good treads during the rainy season. Replace worn-out tires promptly.
  2. Drive at a slightly slower speed than usual. Braking distances can be longer, and vehicles may experience skidding on wet surfaces.
  3. Ensure that the vehicle's wipers are functioning efficiently, and their blades effectively clear water from the windshield.
  4. All lights on the vehicle should be properly illuminated. Functional electric signals are essential since hand signals become impractical during the rainy season.
  5. Replace old reflectors/stickers with new and bright ones. The reflectors should be white at the front, red at the rear, and yellow on the sides.
  6. Check that the vehicle's horn is working correctly.
  7. Approach waterlogged areas with caution, treating them as potential hazards.
  8. Maintain a greater distance from the vehicle ahead. Braking distances are increased during the rainy season.
  9. Buses should have leak-proof roofs and shutters.
  10. Do not ride a two-wheeler by holding an open umbrella.
  11. In case of condensation on the windshield, turn on the AC directed towards the window glass side, if the vehicle is equipped with an air conditioning system.
  12. Avoid using hazard lights while driving in the rain, as it can confuse other drivers.
  13. Exercise great care when exiting the vehicle with an umbrella, especially on the roadside. Be cautious, particularly when getting out from the right side.
To the Public:

  1. Visibility is generally poor during the rainy season. Exercise caution while crossing the road or walking on the road.
  2. Wear light-coloured clothes or use a light-coloured umbrella to enhance visibility and attract drivers' attention.
  3. Keep to the right side of the road or walk along the footpath whenever possible.
  4. While walking with an umbrella, try to stay away from the road as much as possible.
  5. Be mindful of the possibility of slipping when walking on the road or roadside.
  6. Avoid walking in groups.
  7. Avoid carrying another person on a bicycle.
  8. Bicycles should have threaded tires, reflectors, a bell, efficient brakes, and proper lighting.
  9. Avoid cycling at high speeds and stick to the far left side of the road.
By adhering to these guidelines, both drivers and the public can contribute to safer road conditions during the rainy season and minimise the risk of accidents.

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