How to drive in wet conditions in the UAE

Drivers should apply some simple steps to improve their safety for themselves and other road users during wet weather and difficult conditions.

Drivers should apply some simple steps to improve their safety for themselves and other road users during wet weather and difficult conditions, said Dino Kalivas the director of training at Emirates Driving Company.

1) Make your vehicle more visible, turn on your head and tail lights.

2) Check the condition of your wipers and replace them if they are more than 12 months old.

3) Check that your tyres have enough tread, at least the depth of a matchstick head or more. Tyres also have minimum tread-depth markings.

3) Plan your trip more carefully, avoid driving if you can or take an alternative route that may have less traffic.

4) Maintain at least three seconds between you and the car in front as braking in the wet can increase to nearly double the distance in the rain.

5) Maintain a safe speed when negotiating bends, especially exiting and entering intersections and junctions on motorways in order to have maximum control of your vehicle.

6) Do not be distracted by mobile phones.

7) Always wear your seat belt and make sure your passengers are wearing theirs. This includes infants and children.

8) Do not take any unnecessary risks. Avoid crossing roadways covered by water, wadis are very dangerous and unpredictable.

9) Always anticipate what may be ahead.

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