How to Stay Safe When You Drive in the Rain

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How to Stay Safe When You Drive in the Rain

morguefileRain causes problems for drivers, whether it’s a light drizzle or a deluge.

Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. That’s important because you can’t predict how other drivers will react to the rain.

Before the rain

Adequate tires and working windshield wipers are important, particularly during the season of rain and storms. You don’t want anything to hinder your visibility or your ability to stop.

How you drive

Edmunds claims that to drive in rain is more dangerous than in snow. That’s likely because most drivers don’t adjust their driving in rain like they do when there’s snow. So be extra vigilant:

  • Slow down
  • Leave more space between you and other vehicles
  • Give yourself more time to brake
  • Don’t drive into standing water
  • Turn on your headlights

Hydroplaning

If your tires separate from the road and you feel you’ve lost control, you’re hydroplaning. Although this is frightening, stay calm. Don’t slam on your brakes or suddenly accelerate. Both options can cause you to spin out of control. Instead, gently steer until you gain control again.

Avoid hydroplaning to begin with if your tires have sufficient tread depth. Don’t use cruise control in the rain.

Stay safe

Driving in the rain shouldn’t be a soggy nightmare. Slow down, give yourself room, stay calm and don’t forget to pack an umbrella.

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