With Qatar receiving rain over the past couple of days and more expected later this week, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has issued an advisory on safe driving in rainy conditions.
The advisory includes a series of dos and don’ts for motorists to ensure the safety of road users.
Rainfall causes slick conditions, which increases the chances of vehicles skidding on the roads. “The best way to avoid skidding is to slow down the vehicle. Driving at a slower pace affords enough control and allows more of the tyre's tread to make contact with the road, which leads to better traction,” the advisory states.
It takes about three times longer to brake on wet roads than on dry ones, the MoI points out, stressing that “as more distance is required to brake, it is important not to tailgate. Keep more than usual distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.”
Motorists are advised to follow safety guidelines during bad weather to enhance traffic safety and prevent accidents. “Driving during bad weather requires greater care, concentration and non-engagement with other things, especially when it rains and visibility is low,” the advisory notes. “Park your car vehicle off the road if you cannot see the road, so that you ensure your safety and that of others.”
If water vapour accumulates on the windscreen, one should run the airconditioner to clear it for better visibility. Also, a motorist should check the validity of the vehicle's sign lights and windshield wipers. “Turn on the windshield wipers to remove water on the car's glass,” the MoI says.
During rain, one should avoid applying too much pressure on the brakes as this may cause the car to slip due to difficulties in retaining control, the advisory adds.
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