While driving in the rain it is important to take extra precautions and prepare yourself for less visibility. Keeping your car in good shape makes driving in more severe weather easier and safer. Proper care before bad weather prepares your car for anything that may happen. Making sure your tires are in the best shape and that your windshield wipers are working are the first steps in driving safe during rainy days.
Drizzle or a heavy downpour brings poor visibility with it. Using the windshield wipers during the rain will give you moments of clarity. Check them to make sure they are working properly and use them when they need to be used. They are there for a reason and assisting you in seeing where you are going and what is in front of you is their reason for being.
While the rain pours excessively drivers should be prepared to protect themselves from hydroplaning. It can occur when you are traveling too fast in bad weather. Hydroplaning causes the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water instead of griping the surface of the road. This makes braking and steering your vehicle more difficult. This can lead to you losing control of your car.
An important way to make sure that you don’t lose control and run the risk of hydroplaning is by taking your time. Pay attention to what is in front of you and be aware of your surroundings, slow down and don’t worry about the regular speed limit. Making sure you have control of your vehicle is more important than travelling at the speed limit.
Turn your lights on while it is raining. It doesn’t matter if it is night or day, the people that are on the road with you need to see you. Rain can make it difficult to see what is coming at you and if you have your lights on you are keeping yourself safe and signalling to those in front of you and driving in your direction where you are.
There should always be enough space for another car to fit in between your car and the vehicle in front of you but during extreme weather conditions that should change. If it is raining put more space between yourself and other cars. This will give you more time to react and you are less likely to get into a wreck if the person in front of you is further ahead.
During stormy conditions you should follow every rule that you normally do but their are some exceptions. Driving slower and expanding rules to consist of more space also applies. Driving in the rain can be a risky business and if you have any impairment that makes it harder to drive it is best to get out of the driver’s seat until conditions improve. When you know heavy rain is headed your way check your car to make sure that it has all the supplies it needs to handle a day on a wet road.