Mumbai Rains: Here’s how you stay safe on roads during monsoon

Poor drains cause waterlogging, making it difficult to spot potholes. Also, there is low visibility during night hours. Half-done roads can be a nightmare! Thus, it becomes very essential to take extra care when hitting the road in the rains.

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Monsoon is unquestionably the most awaited of all seasons in the year, and the most fun of all. But rains in Mumbai are unrelenting and can be intimidating too. Poor drains cause waterlogging, making it difficult to spot potholes. Also, there is low visibility during night hours. Half-done roads can be a nightmare! Thus, it becomes very essential to take extra care when hitting the road in the rains.

Whether you’re a motorist or a pedestrian, it is equally important for both to be responsible and vigilant on the roads when it is raining. Here’s a list of ways you can stay safe on the roads during monsoon


Plan your trip ahead

This must be your first mantra to deal with the rains. Always check the weather, traffic and road conditions before you head out. Keep an eye for any warnings of upsetting climate later in the day. In such situations, avoid going out until it is really important.


Turn the headlights on

You need to keep the headlights switched on at all times when it starts to get dark, especially when the visibility is low. Also, use the wipers on the windshield when it’s raining heavily. It’s easier to spot potholes and speed-breakers this way so that you can avoid any mishaps caused due to waterlogging.


Wear bright clothes

If you’re a pedestrian, wearing fluorescent clothes or even white can help the motorists to spot you on the roads in the dark. Carry a bright shade umbrella or don a neon-coloured raincoat and always take the sidewalk while walking on the roads.


Don’t forget your seatbelt!

Seatbelts apply for all times! They have an increased importance on rainy days. Make sure that the driver and everyone else in the car have worn their seatbelts before the journey starts. It keeps the passengers safe in case of any accidents like car skids. If you’re riding a two-wheeler, work your helmet. Not only will it save you from any possible injuries but also keep your head dry.


Keep your speed low

Driving hastily is not only hazardous for you, it puts the lives of other pedestrians and motorists in the street in danger. The risk is even higher in the rains than in usual days. So don’t be in a hurry even if you’re running late. It’s easier to apply brakes when you’re driving gently.


Keep a safe distance from other vehicles

It’s very important to maintain a safe distance from vehicles running ahead of you. During monsoons, it’s difficult to ascertain roads if they’re free of potholes or not. To avoid any crash, you must maintain a distance of at least six feet from other vehicles. In this way, any accident happening as a result of a car slip in your front can be avoided.


Keep light snacks, emergency numbers handy

This is so basic and we can’t just can’t stress enough. You have to have the contacts numbers of your immediate family members, doctor, police and mechanic on the speed dial. Always carry your I.D. and also keep some dry snacks and a bottle of water in your trunk whenever you take your car out. You never know when you’ll need them!

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