Tips for Driving Safely in Rain
Few people love driving in the rain. But, regardless of where you live having to drive in inclement weather is to be expected. And, not surprisingly, rain and traffic accidents go together, with there being more traffic accidents while it is raining than in any other weather condition. But driving safely in the rain doesn’t have to be ominous activity- it is simply one where taking extra precautions will make a difference.
Driving Safely in the Rain
Wait it out –
If you can put off your leave time, and the weather app (or local weather person) says the rain will pass by sooner rather than later, then just stay put. No reason to drive in the rain if you can avoid it!
Slow down –
Speeding and rain are never a good mix! Rather, follow the posted speed limit. If you don’t know the road well or the rain is especially heavy, then driving a little under the speed limit is even better.
Be prepared –
This is more than having an umbrella; rather, be sure your car is rain and road ready. Do basic maintenance tasks: check the tread of the tires. Likewise, inspect brake pads, headlights and other parts of your vehicle to ensure your car is rainy day road ready. Better yet, be sure your engine is up to the task of rainy day driving by ensuring all fluids are at the proper levels so all the engine’s moving parts can work properly. A great way to protect your engine is with synthetic oil from AMSOIL which can be purchased from The House of Syn, your local AMSOIL dealer.
Extra water on the roads means your tires don’t have a s much traction thus resulting in sliding, aka hydroplaning. Should you encounter this scenario, slow down by taking your foot off the gas-not hitting the brake!
Use your lights and wipers –
This might seem obvious, but drivers sometimes think using lights and wipers in rain is unnecessary. Even if it is only a light mist, using lights and wipers will make a big difference. For most states, it’s the law to use both wipers and lights when driving in the rain.
Use the defrost –
Keep your windshield from fogging over by using the defrost setting. Yes, it might make your car’s interior temperature a little warmer but being able to see the road to drive safely is more important!
Avoid fast stops –
Just because your maintenance tasks include keeping the brakes in proper working order it doesn’t mean you want to hit the brakes hard or ride the brakes when it rains. Rather, keep a safe distance between you and the next vehicle, don’t use cruise control, and pay attention to what is happening all around you.
Watch for deep puddles –
Those big splashes might look cool but can also cause significant problems. From getting water in your engine and damaging electrical systems to minimizing your range of sight those puddles are dangerous and should be avoided.
Driving in the rain safely can be accomplished whether you are new to the road or have been driving for decades. Driving safely just takes a bit of planning and paying attention. Doing your part is important. Watch the roads, have a vehicle that can handle the weather, and look for expanses of water accumulated on the road. With careful driving and some basic skills driving in the rain doesn’t have to be overwhelming.