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10 Things To Know Before Driving In The Rain

There are basic things you should consider when driving especially during the rainy season. This is mainly to ensure your safety as driving in the rain can be a bit dangerous.

We have listed some tips for you so that you’ll be safe.

1. Avoid Driving In The Rain

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If you feel uncomfortable driving in the rain and can postpone your trip or commute, wait until the weather improves before driving. There is no reason to put yourself in danger if driving in wet conditions is not necessary.

2. Double Check Your Car Parts Before Drving In The Rain

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Always check your car before leaving the house

Make sure that your car’s equipment is in working order before encountering rainy weather. Check your headlights, taillights, and windshield wipers to make sure that they will work efficiently when they are needed. Also, check the tread of your vehicle’s tires. Balding tires can severely reduce traction on wet roadways.

3. Avoid Going On A Fast Speed

Manage your speed when during in the rain
Manage your speed when during in the rain

Not only should you adhere to the posted speed limit when driving in wet weather conditions, but you should also drive considerably slower than you normally would. Wet roads are very dangerous. Your vehicle’s reaction time is much slower when it is raining. Reduced speed is imperative in rainy weather.

4. Turn On Your Headlights When Driving In The Rain

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Most states require drivers to turn on their vehicles’ lights while driving in rain. Even if it is only misting, turning on your vehicle’s headlights will increase both your own visibility and other drivers’ ability to see your car on the road.

5. Use Your Windshield Wipers

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While this may seem like common sense, some people forget to turn on their windshield wipers in light rain. Most cars’ windshield wiper speed is adjustable to clear moisture from the glass in a light mist or in a heavy downpour. There are also several products available that can be sprayed or wiped onto the glass and claim to defer the collection of rainwater.

6. Maintain a Safe Distance Between Cars

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Always drive at a safe distance to the nearest car

Keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Stopping your vehicle will be more difficult when driving in the rain. Maintain a distance of several car lengths between your car and other vehicles.

7. Avoid Distractions

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Do not do anything that would take your focus off the road, ensure to avoid discussions, phone calls, eating in the car, and so on. Continue to focus on the road.

8. Watch Out For Standing Water

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Avoid standing water where you can

Driving through standing water can cause hydroplaning to occur. Which is when you lose traction and skid across the surface of the road. To avoid hydroplaning, drive around places where water has collected by changing lanes or safely steering around such areas.

9. Let Off The Gas When Hydroplaning

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Hydroplaning is one of the most common car accidents in the rain because drivers can lose control. If your car hydroplanes, calmly take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that the front of your car needs to go. Avoid making sudden turns or slamming on your brakes.

10. Ventilate Your Car

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Ventilation is important

Rain causes humidity levels to increase. You may find that your vehicle’s windows become foggy when you operate your vehicle while it is raining. Most cars’ ventilation systems include a function that will work to reduce this type of fog that develops on the interior of your windows and windshield. It may be necessary to pull over if you are no longer able to see through your windows.

Because we care about your safety, make sure to follow the above-listed safety precautions, and also don’t forget to follow us on our Instagram Page.

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