Fear of driving in the rain: how to lose?

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One of the most common situations among women who have fears at the wheel is the fear of driving in the rain. With the affected visibility, slippery track and the dreaded aquaplaning, many do not know how to react to such situations and most of the time avoid putting the vehicle on the street so it starts to drizzle.

What most do not realize is that to face wet avenues just take extra care and quick fixes in time to cross puddles, and know well to curved or keep an eye on speed.

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Today the Petrobras De Carona with They He talked to Nelson Pinho, professor of driving school specializing in people who are afraid of driving and also psychologist who tells how to get rid of because of possible trauma and what to do in the most ordinary situations traffic on rainy days.

optimal speed

Safe driving is to pay attention to the speed of the track. On rainy days, too speed up or slow quite dangerous. According to Nelson, there is a certain speed for the different severities of rain. "Ideally, you have full control of the car and you are safe if you need to brake quickly or dodge something. For avoid aquaplaning, look no more than 70 km / h", account. Another tip is to always keep an eye on quality and condition of the tires for them to be on time and have better traction in these cases.


aquaplaning is nothing more than a "blade" water that interferes with contact between asphalt and tire, causing the loss of contact between them. If you experience one, keep calm and never step on the brake sharply and even accelerate: Hold the steering wheel firmly and keep the wheels straight. Slowly take your foot off the accelerator and keep the vehicle in gear to regain full control of the car and feel with firm tires on the ground.

safe distance

Another important point is keep away from the front of the car. "Try to calculate a distance of '4/2' or equivalent to two cars of the vehicle that is before you. A tip is to use a reference point (may be a pole or a tree) and see if your car goes this time interval"Says the professor.

The space is also important to keep in heavy rains, the front car tire throw more water in your glass and increase the lack of vision.

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Signals for driving

To help in the path during rain, Nelson Pinho gives some basic tips that can keep you safer:

- following tracks left by the front of the car helps prevent panics when passing streets with puddles;

- tracks help in situations of low visibility or rain in the evening.

- Keep an eye on rear lights of cars not to be caught off guard by puddles, potholes and unexpected that will be capped by the water on the track.

That lighthouse use?

Unlike what many think, headlights or fog do not help you to see farther, on the contrary, can worsen the visibility even more. Apply the fog lights and low beams, They are focusing more on the floor and help on the track view.

Attractions floods

More than panic driving in the rain is fear of driving in floods. In case of very waterlogged roads, the first rule is to observe if the height of the water does not exceed half of the car's wheels and only if so move on: engage the first gear and keep the constant acceleration and never let the car die.

If rain tighten, stop

Do not be afraid to look for a safe place and trigger the hazard lights if you start a storm and you feel insecure. Avoid shoulders (because with the rain and impaired vision, accidents can occur) and never stop on busy avenues and forbidden places. Gas station is the ideal place to wait for the rain to subside.

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