Driving in the rain

Garwin Beukes - At some point if you drive in the rain enough, you'll experience hydroplaning. The name doesn't really ring a bell but most of us have experienced some form of it.

Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle's tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This causes the driver to lose control over the vehicle.

For most of us the experience usually only lasts a few split seconds but this can occur for longer periods, with hectic consequences.

The beauty of Namibia's weather. As much as we try to predict it, we never really know what to expect.

After the recent rains, NamAutomakes sure you follow a few general driving notes when it rains.

  • Take your time
  • Turn your lights on
  • Leave more space between vehicles

Next week we tackle when it happens and speak about certain times to avoid driving to preventhydroplaning.