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Driving in the wet

Discussion in 'General' started by Troy711, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. Troy711

    Troy711 Retired Old Fart Staff Member

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    ok, so i was driving to work this morning in the 'rain'. i would hardly call ti rain though, more like a slight sprinkle...

    i was stcuk behind 3 different people who all insisted on doing 20 kays under the 100 kay speed limit. needless to say, this pissed me off. sure, i an all for 'driving to the conditions' but how the hell is 20 under when the road is only slightly damp be considered this? it was a highway, hardly any major turns and the road is bloody awesome.

    anyway, it got me thinkin... how does everyone else drive in the wet?
     
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    minux Infidel Bear

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    same as i do in the dry, cautious :)
     
  3. Troy711

    Troy711 Retired Old Fart Staff Member

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    im sorta the same. im of the opinion that i know how my car handles and i am confident* in my ability to drive it. i wont bullshit, i usually do 110 in a 100 zone (so shoot me) and when it comes to the wet if i feel comfortable i will do the same. if it is raining fairly hard ill back off.

    i think i have only had 1 occasion where i was actually **** scared of driving in the rain. that was when i was in my ole VL. i was driving between cowra and the hume highway just as it was getting dark (only the second time i have driven that road). it was pouring that hard that the car infront of me was doing 60 and i was game enough to pass because the only thing that stopped me from pulling over was the fact that i was using the other cars tail lights as my guide.


    * = not to be read as over confident
     
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    I just tone it down a bit..

    Ive have an accident in the rain from aquaplaining so im a bit more cautious. Dont hit the corners to fast and take off hard like in the dry.. But do got ridiculously slow..
    I also give bigger vehicles ie trucks etc a bit more room on the road cause i know they need it especialy in the rain.
     
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    CANYONERO Likes Cheese...

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    the way i drive in the wet depends on so many factors, city/ country, the actual road in question the amount of rain, how long its been raining for load time of day and try to adjust the best i can. i will usually be a bit more passive if my tyres are gettin thin and in the city im real cautious because of oil films on the roads etc.
     
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    Ripcell R8 FTW!!!

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    i agree, to the conditions should be pracitcal not just stupid, even in the dry on clear days on my way to work on a few of the 100k roads ppl some times do as little as 60 and 70, there is a point where i think u should be able to get a fine for going to slow.

    if you are incompatent then get off the road, the only ppl who should be able to drive slow are learners
     
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    people who drive 4WD's are the worst.
    i mean, their cars are meant for heavy driving and are built to handle worse conditions than our cars are, and yet they drive slower than us.
    4WD owners are pretty stupid if they dont actually go 4WD on a regular basis.
    gay.
    on another note, i would love a hummer?
     
  8. commod8

    commod8 swim wit da fishes

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    well i'm only a learner, but i still drive. in the rain i don't do 20 k's under the limit that's for sure. in the rain i take a bit extra care when taking off (i don't become a snail, i just take a bit extra care). it's not worth accelerating hard in the rain, when there is a higher risk of losing it. also i've heard too many stories of people losing it and wrapping around poles, one person that i knew (not as a friend, but i knew who he was) died on the road a while back and he was only about 19, and these stories definetly make me think about what i do on the road. overall, i take a bit extra care because there's no rush whenever i drive, and it's worth taking the extra care. taking off slightly slower isn't going to kill anyone. also, i'm a learner, and i should be taking super extra care (not implying that people with 20 years of driving experience shouldn't take the extra care, but learner's like should be extra careful, and learn to drive in the rain while we are on our L's)
    :)
     
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    vy_storm just another moderator... Staff Member

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    I do tend to back off a bit in the wet, if only for those in front of me who decide to drop the anchors at a moments notice. Driving a ute isn't too much different, have only really noticed when taking off at lights on shiny smooth bitumen in the wet it tends to just sit there and spin if you aren't too careful...... I do feel more confident with the wider tyres and decent tread pattern compared to the old RE92's on the VS when aquaplaning.
     
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    The only reason i back off in the wet is when i am forced to by other drivers going really slow, or if i am genuinely concerned that if i go the limit i could have a serious accident, conditions have only ever been that bad once or twice though.
     
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    i just keep a bit of extra distance and take it a bit slower when im around others, other then that i drive as normal.
     
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    I drive slow at night in the middle of no where with no traffic to avoid hitting any kangaroo's or anything else like that. I drive from Brisbane to Adelaide yearly in speaking of that im driving back from Adelaide on Thursday.
     
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    I keep more distance between myself and the person in front... Partly cause my brakes LOVE to lock up in the wet.. damn VN brakes..

    Living in the Adelaide Hills the drive home is a bit twisty and I do back off a bit heading home because of this, but i still do like 15km/h+ higher than the reccomendations on the signs on the road.

    On a straight road it shouldnt make a difference, I'd just increase the safe distance between cars in front...
     
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    I always give plenty of room to the car infront when wet weather driving for progressive braking area...and I hate those tailgating pricks that cut in and steal my space...but I hate driving in the rain fullstop cause of the road grime that gets left down the sides of the car.
    I'm cautious with acceleration...I've gained plenty of experience wet weather riding on a motorcycle to know about tyre adhesion...I highsided it in the rain once doing about 30km around a normal corner block corner a busted up the bikes fairing...:ranting: It's ALL to easy to loose control !!!
     
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    i drive exactley the speed limit (normally bout +10 over it) and give twice the normal distance between cars. also after a few learning experiences (loosing it round round abouts...i did a 180 cuase i took it at dry weather speeds and had to reverse of the round about) i allways take corners extra slow. id rather get home in one peice a bit slower than end up in a hospital or make friends with a pole.
     
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    For me it depends how hard it's raining and if it's been dry for a long time beforehand. I hate the way roads get really greasy when it rains after a long dry period.

    The other day I had to slow down to about 60kph in an 80 zone because it was raining REALLY hard for a minute and my wipers couldn't clear the windscreen fast enough.

    In light rain I don't generally slow down too much unless it's very slippery.
     
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    it's about time someone mentioned windscreen wipers, i always use them in the wet...haha...yeah i dont try to hark it up or brake hard in the wet, you know just keep it sensible.
     
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    Windscreen wipers........pfft.Who needs them? Seriously though,the most frightening drive of my life was with a guy in the UK who didn't use his wipers until you couldnt see through the screen!! How we finished the journey ok i'll never know.
     
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    I drive slower in the rain, just whatever feels safe, depends on how wet it is and how bumpy the road is. Aquaplaining into the wrong lane over deep waterfilled ruts made by trucks at 100km/h isn't on my top 10 most fun thing to do list. Sometimes when the rain is so heavy that you can't see more than 10 meters in front of you on the highway, well those are the times you go about 50 on the highway and it still feels too fast :p I've done it and seen everone else going that speed too but it was EXTREME rain

    PS RainX is your friend!:) makes driving at night in the rain on the highway wiperless and 10000 times safer, you can't even tell it's raining
     
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    azkwazere Ahhh Yes, Ahhh Yes....

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    It usually doesn't bother me.... Wet is like dry but i usually just allow more braking distance. As for corners and round abouts, mah.... take them slower, but accelerate out of them!!!! ahahaha.... Driving is situation dependant, there is never a need to go 20k's under.... and you CAN get fine'd for it! (unless its peak hour or some ****)

    aZk.
     

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