Singing in the rain is fun. But what of driving in the rain?
For some people, its anxiety producing! Driving in the rain can be both scary and dangerous and it’s important to take wet weather seriously when you are on the road. There are lots of things you can do to make driving in the rain safer, including being prepared by making sure your car is ready and ensuring you can always see properly.
But most importantly, you have to drive according to the conditions and adjust a few of your habits to avoid sliding, skidding or being involved in a collision.
- Keep your window clean and clear. Being able to see properly is key to driving safely any time, especially when visibility is already reduced because of rain. To improve your visibility;
Clean the inside and outside of the windows regularly to remove dirt, dust, mud, smoke, fingerprints and other materials.
If your windows fog up, turn on the air conditioning or cold air in the car and aim the vents at the windows. Turn on the rear defroster and open the windows if necessary to increase the airflow.
- Slow down: During any bad weather or unfavorable driving conditions; you must first adjust your speed. One must note that wet roads reduce once traction and one slowing down reduces the chances of you skidding out.
Wet roads reduce your traction by about a third, so you should also reduce your speed by a third. Driving in the rain too quickly on wet roads can lead to hydroplaning, which means that your tires lose contact with the road. When a car hydroplanes, you have very little control in terms of steering or braking.
- Turn your lights on: turn on your headlights to help other vehicles see you. Many states require the use of headlights during rain even in broad day light.
- Leave room: When it is raining, make sure to leave more room than you normally would between your car and the car ahead of you. This allows you ample space in order to react to sudden braking or sliding cars. Usually you leave three to four car lengths of room between you and other cars but on a rainy day, try five to six car lengths.
- Think: Many people drive subconsciously, out of habit. And when it rains, they often don’t adjust their thinking. When conditions are less than ideal, drivers need to stay alert and focused on what’s going on around them.
- Turn off cruise control: Ironically rain cruise control may cause you to lose control. You might think that it will help you stay at one steady speed but if you hydroplane while you are in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.
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