By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : Media reports tips for motorists to keep in mind when driving in the rain in order to lessen their chances of being involved in an accident. Note to Drive slower and with more caution in rainy season. It is very important to drive at a slower and safer pace when driving in the rain. It takes longer to stop when the road is wet, so driving at an increased following distance will mitigate the chances of a collision. Take into account greater traveling time as it will take motorists longer to reach their destination. Drivers must also avoid hard or sudden braking, as this may cause the vehicle to slide across the road and cause an accident. Rather start braking earlier, less forcefully and take your foot off the accelerator to slow down little by little. This will also signal to any drivers behind the vehicle that you are slowing down.Turn on the headlights: Motorists should switch on headlights even in light rain, foggy or overcast conditions. This will help the motorists to see and be seen by other drivers and improve overall safety for all motorists on the road.Be sure to check tyre traction and wipers on a regular basis:Tyres with a low or illegal tread significantly reduces the vehicle's traction on a wet road and offers very little resistance to hydroplaningIt is also important that tyres are properly inflated and that the pressure is checked at least once a month. The correct air pressure for tyres is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can usually be found on the door edge of the vehicle or in the owner's manual.Replace old or brittle wipers as defective wipers will hinder visibility as the wipers will not clear water from the windshield properly. Keep a spare pair of wipers in your car to ensure that you can replace faulty wipers immediately.Do not use cruise control:Cruise control might allow drivers to be less vigilant to take their foot off of the pedals, which is not a good idea when driving on a wet road. Driving on a wet road requires the full attention of the driver and cruise control will slow his or her reaction time to brake or accelerate.Driving in rainy weather conditions severely increase the chances of collisions. Therefore, it is imperative that motorists arm themselves with knowledge on how to ensure that they are being safe on the roads to avoid dangerous accidents from occurring.
It is pertinent to note that potholes are not formed by BBMP or BDA as they happen every were in the world during rainy season in asphalt roads . A pothole is a type of failure in an asphalt pavement, caused by the presence of water in the underlying soil structure and the presence of traffic passing over the affected area .Despite hundreds of crores being spent annually and promises being made by the government, there is no noticeable difference in the state of Bangalore's roads. With tens of thousands of potholes and regular accidents, public complaints and media coverage have continued to rise.
Create STF to fix potholes problem :Let BBMP create a Pothole special task force (STF) with a chief engineer heading it with necessary equipments and trained staff to fix the potholes on war footing as and when they are formed .:Instead of spending money every time and every year in a unplanned manner BBMP can minimize the expenditure with special task force .With money once again being earmarked the need for this campaign to hold the BBMP accountable is more important than ever. Even after the countless deadlines given by leaders and various promises being made my BBMP officials, the state of Bangalore's roads is pathetic.We must take responsibilities into our own hands and ensure proper spending of the money to fix the potholes.
Every year, the problem of potholes arises and every year crores of rupees is spent. There is public outrage and media coverage around it and the problem of potholes are temporarily fixed. A part of the money allocated is used to actually fix potholes while the rest of it remains stagnant or just disappears. Cheap incompetent engineers and contractors who get the work every year are contracted to fill the roads, and they do so with gravel and dirt, and sometimes pour a layer of asphalt over the potholes . The shoddy job results in potholes coming back, and the entire cycle repeats itself resulting in public money being misused. The BBMP needs to ensure that all potholes identified are properly fixed with the help of experienced contractors and engineers for a long-term solution to this problem.
PotholeWikipedia definition: A pothole is a type of failure in an asphalt pavement, caused by the presence of water in the underlying soil structure and the presence of traffic passing over the affected area. Introduction of water to the underlying soil structure first weakens the supporting soil. Traffic then fatigues and breaks the poorly supported asphalt surface in the affected area. Continued traffic action ejects both asphalt and the underlying soil material to create a hole in the pavement.