Driving in the Rain: 3 Things to Know

Driving in the rain, whether it is lightly misting or flooding, is anxiety-provoking. As a result, it is important to focus on ways to make driving in the rain less of a white knuckler, and here a few tips to put you on a safe path.

Watch Out for Hydroplaning

The more it rains, the more water that begins to pool on the road. Unfortunately, knowing how deep a puddle is before driving through it is next to impossible. Hydroplaning occurs when your tires no longer have traction with the road because of the excess water below them. When hydroplaning happens, your vehicle will lose control and begin to slide. It takes very little rain for hydroplaning to occur and vehicles with tires that are more worn are more likely to skid. If you start to hydroplane, immediately take your foot off the gas and keep the steering wheel straight. Although counterintuitive, if you begin to spin turn the wheel in the direction of the spin but whatever you do – avoid making quick knee-jerk reactions with the steering wheel. 

Check Your Headlights

While it may sound obvious, you’d be surprised at the number of people that forget to turn on their lights during the rain. Not only is it required to have your headlights on in the vast majority of states when visibility is low, but also it forces you to pay more attention to your surroundings. 

Slow Your Roll

Remember that speed limit signs are set for optimal conditions and rain makes for subpar experiences. Consequently, slow down and consider using your four-way flashers to alert other drivers coming from behind that you are driving slow to avoid potential rear-end collisions.

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