Police advises on road safety during rainy period

On 29 November 2019 at 09:00

Rwanda National Police has advised all road users throught the country to take extra caution as the rainy season comes with some extra risks. The advice transcends driving caution, lighting, speed and steadfastness.

Full statement:
We are now in the rainy period and experiencing heavy downpour in different parts of the country. Whereas this, to some extent, is good for farmers and alike, it brings risks to motorists, which requires extra attention and precaution measures.

It is always advisable to take extra caution when it is raining or after it has rained. Besides dealing with heavy downpour, drivers also have to contend with likely strong winds, which call for one to exercise extra caution when driving in such weather conditions.

In case you are driving or riding in the rain, it would be safer to anticipate how to deal with wet roads as well as poor visibility that characterize such weather; as usual your car should be in good condition with head and tail lights, brakes, turn signals, and windshield wipers working. Ensure that tires are in good shape and properly inflated to contend with the slip. Tire treads should also be the proper depth to provide good traction on wet roadways.

Turn on headlights when it’s raining to challenge the low visibility and fog. Rain impedes visibility. This signals the equally affected motorists coming from behind and those from the opposite direction.

As usual, drive in your lane, go slow, give each driver space, don’t enter flooded roads, stay alert and pull-over where necessary; exercise extra caution when overtaking because heavy rains and fog can affect your visibility leading to head-on collision.

When driving under such weather conditions, you don’t have to move at 40km per hour or 60km per hour just because the traffic signpost grants that speed; it comes back to your individual responsibility to set your rules below the set maximum speed as the weather dictates. Be a responsible driver and always take safer decisions when on road.