How to Drive Safely in the Rain
Of course, it’s important to drive prudently and stay alert at all times. That being said, there are some weather conditions that simply require more attention than others. If the roads are wet, or if it is raining, there are even more hazards that can cause car accidents. Keep some of the following things in mind when driving in the rain in order to ensure your safety and the safety of those in your vehicle!
Have the right gear
Make sure that your windshield wipers are doing their job properly and that they aren’t leaving streaks on your windshield. Decreased visibility can be extremely dangerous. Checking up on the condition of your windshield wipers regularly will help to ensure that you won’t get stuck in the rain with poor sight of what’s ahead.
Make sure that your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals are all functioning as they should. Especially in the rain, these lights are vital for signaling your presence and turns to other drivers when the rain is pouring down.
Avoid cruise control
If you’re driving in the rain, you need to make sure that you are fully focused on driving. Sometimes, when using cruise control, we tend to forget about some of the options that are available when trying to respond to a situation where we lose traction. Additionally, using cruise control increases the chance of your vehicle losing traction.
Slow down and leave room
This seems like the most obvious tip, but it is often forgotten. Driving slowly in the rain will reduce the chance of your vehicle hydroplaning. Leaving room between your car and other vehicles also gives you more time to respond, and helps you to avoid hard braking. Hard braking in the rain can cause hydroplaning, so when you are approaching intersections or stop signs, make sure to start slowing down early!
How to respond to a skid
Even if you’re driving carefully and being alert, it is possible that you will experience a skid. If you feel like your vehicle is beginning to skid, don’t panic and remember:
– Look and steer in the direction that you want the car to go.
– Avoid hard braking. This will affect the car’s balance and make it harder to control the direction that it’s being steered in.
Remember to always be very careful in wet weather. When nervous, just make sure that you drive at a slow speed that you are comfortable with in order to prevent a car accident.