Driving in heavy rain creates unique challenges for all drivers. Here’s how to handle it.
It’s just a bit of rain – how much can it really impact your driving? The answer is: a lot! The Road Weather Management Program reports that rain is responsible for approximately 10 percent of all auto accidents and 8 percent of crash fatalities around the country. Even experienced drivers can struggle in heavy rain and wet road conditions. To stay safe, check out these tips.
Reduce your speed.
If you are driving too fast through standing water on the road, you have a potential to hydroplane. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, and can cause the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water, rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult, and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle. Your best bet to avoid this is to slow down.
Turn on your lights.
Turning on your headlights helps other vehicles to see you. If the visibility is very poor from the rain and fog, use your hazards. In fact, it’s best to pull over to a safe spot in severe rain and hail and wait for it to pass.
Increase your following distance.
Add an extra one or two seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.
Check your windshield wipers and lights.
Your wipers and lights should always be in good, working condition. Clean your wipers regularly and ensure your windshield is smudge-free.
Keep a firm grip on the wheel.
Keep both hands on the wheel in case the rainfall becomes heavier and the wind starts to move your vehicle.
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