8 Important Tips for Driving in the Rain
Driving in the rain can often be treacherous and result in an accident if proper precautions are not taken. The experts at Wiygul Automotive Clinic would like to share the following tips to help you navigate rainy conditions better.
1. Slow down & maintain a safe distance
Since wet pavement can increase stopping distance of a vehicle, consider driving slower than the posted speed limit while remaining several car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you.
2. Turn on your headlights
Rain can lower visibility for all drivers. Consider turning on your headlights to improve your own visibility and to improve other drivers’ ability to see you.
3. Use your windshield wipers
A clean windshield is critical to safe driving so turn on your windshield wipers at the first sign of rain.
4. Check your vehicle’s equipment
A properly functioning vehicle is critical aspect of safety. Check your headlights, brake lights, and windshield wipers for proper functionality. Also, check your tires for adequate tread. If you have less than 3/32 of an inch of tread left, consider replacing them for ideal water traction.
5. Watch for standing water
Driving through standing water can cause hydroplaning – a condition where your vehicle loses traction and glides across the surface of the road. To avoid hydroplaning, steer around areas of standing water. If you do experience hydroplaning, remove your foot from the gas and steer in the direction that the front of your vehicle needs to go.
6. Avoid heavy braking
Heavy braking can also cause hydroplaning so practice slowing your vehicle by removing your foot off the gas earlier than you normally would.
7. Ventilate your vehicle
Higher humidity during a rain event can cause your vehicle’s windows to fog up. Consider turning on your ventilation system to eliminate fog on the inside of your windows.
8. Wait until weather improves
The best thing to do during a rain event is to postpone your trip, if possible. There is no reason to put yourself and others at risk if it isn’t necessary.