Driving in the rain can be hazardous, especially if you’re not prepared. Here are some key things to remember before getting on the road during a storm.
Check Your Tires
Make sure your tires are inflated properly and have adequate tread. If the tread is worn down, the tires won’t have as much traction on slick roads. Regularly inspect your tires for any damage or uneven wear, and replace them if needed.
One of the best things you can do for yourself when driving in hazardous conditions is to slow down. Leave an extra stopping distance between your car and the car in front of you.
If you drive too fast through standing water, you risk hydroplaning. Driving slowly will reduce your risk of losing control.
Turn On Your Headlights
Headlights help make your vehicle more visible to other drivers. Make sure you turn them on in the rain, even if you’re driving during the daytime. If there’s poor visibility, you can turn on your fog lights.
Check Windshield Wipers
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order. The blades should be able to clear water effectively without streaking.
A good tip is to carry extra wiper fluid in your car to help with road spray during unexpected storms.
Watch Your Speed Going Into Turns
Reduce your speed before entering curves so you reduce the chance of skidding. Steer gently and avoid suddenly accelerating or braking.
Be Cautious on Bridges
Bridges tend to freeze first, so if you’re driving in the rain during colder weather, you should use extra care. Slow down before you reach a bridge if conditions seem icy.
Driving Safely in the Rain
Being prepared and vigilant in rainy conditions can help keep you safe on wet roads. For additional help and resources for driving safely, contact Autosafety Driving School at 813-875-4809.