The rains can bring chaos to Indian roads. With the first drops of rain, we can always see vehicles and motorcyclists on two wheels tumbling down the roads. However, the first rain can be dangerous. Why? Well, they make the roads slippery as this video on Twitter shows.
Always slow down during a light rain, especially on concrete roads in cities. Oil spilled by thousands of vehicles mixed with rainwater forms a deadly combination that causes vehicles to slip and slide randomly. Stay safe. Travel safe. #safe road @RoadsOfMumbai @CPMumbaiPolice pic.twitter.com/ZrepfGoasl
— TheGhostRider31 (@TheGhostRider31) June 25, 2022
The video shows the top of the overpass after a rain shower. We can see motorists on two-wheelers skidding and failing on the overpass. We can see many two-wheelers skidding and falling on the road. Why do you think so many two-wheelers are crashing?
Well, it’s because of the oil spills on the roads. Over the months, oil spills from cars and other vehicles settle on the roads. Also, soot from exhaust tips and dust build up on roads over time. With the first rain, the water fills small cracks in the roads and the spilled oil comes to the surface of the road.
We all know how slippery oil can be. Oil mixed with water can be a disaster for recipes as we can see in this video. Now, concrete roads are more susceptible to these types of incidents as they are non-porous and anything that falls on concrete roads stays there. Paved roads absorb most oil spills much better.
It is best to slow down on roads when it rains. Especially during the first rain. The first rain brings all those oil spills to the road surface creating problems.
It is also better to check the condition and health of the tires before the rainy season. Tires that are losing tread depth may not be ideal for use during the rainy season. Also, it is better to ensure optimal tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can become the cause of aquaplaning in vehicles.
You should also make sure that you do not enter floodwaters and standing water on the roads. That’s where most of the oil floats on the roads. If you color spots on the roads during the rainy season, it means that there is a high probability that the oil is floating. You can be very careful in such situations by slowing down even more and making sure you don’t make sudden changes in direction.
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