When the rain is pouring down, and the wind is howling, few of us feel like getting behind the wheel. But sometimes we have to. Whether you are driving to work or taking the kids to school, ‘ here are reliable tips for driving in the rain to help you arrive safely at the destination.
1. Slow Down And Allow Extra Space Between You And The Car In Front Of You
What seems like light rain can quickly turn into a downpour, making it difficult to see and increasing the risk of hydroplaning. Slow down and give yourself more time to react to any potential hazards on the road. This means leaving more space between you and the car in front of you than usual. Also, keep in mind that it may take longer to stop, so give yourself extra time to brake.
2. Turn On Your Headlights
Even if it is not raining heavily, turning on your headlights will help you see – and be seen. It is the law to have your headlights on any time your windshield wipers are in use in some states. If you find yourself driving in light rain, flip that switch.
Rain causes decreased visibility, especially in wooded areas or flat plains. The use of headlights will help you see where you’re going and prevent you from crashing while off-roading in the rain. Using your high beams will allow you to see further ahead, while your low beams will help you see the ground; both will give you a clear picture while driving through nature.
3. Be Cautious Of Puddles And Standing Water
It is tempting to want to splash through a huge puddle but resist the urge. You never know how deep it is, and you could end up hydroplaning or worse. If you must drive through water, go slowly and choose the path of least resistance. And if you happen to come upon a flooded road, it is best to find an alternate route.
3. Be Extra Cautious At Intersections
It can be more challenging to see other cars with decreased visibility, especially at intersections. When approaching an intersection, always come to a complete stop before proceeding. And if you are having trouble seeing, don’t hesitate to ask another driver for help
4. Use Your Windshield Wipers Judiciously
Overusing your windshield wipers can damage them. Only use them when necessary, and make sure they are in good working condition before setting out on a rainy-day drive. Replacing worn-out windshield wipers is easy and relatively inexpensive – definitely worth doing to help improve your visibility (and safety) on the road.
5. Watch Out For Puddles
They may look harmless, but puddles can be pretty dangerous. Water can pool in low-lying areas of the road, making it difficult to see and increasing the risk of hydroplaning. When possible, avoid driving through puddles – or any large bodies of water on the road.
Rainy days can be treacherous, but following these simple tips can help you stay safe on the road. Slow down, turn on your headlights, and use your windshield wipers judiciously to improve visibility. Be extra cautious at intersections, and watch out for puddles of water that could make it difficult to see or cause you to hydroplane.
With a bit of extra care, you can safely make it to your destination- no matter the weather.