TodayApril 15, 2022

Top Tips For Driving In The Rain

Five Tips For Driving In The Rain

Driving in itself can be a strenuous activity; it requires all your attention, patience, and composure. However, much more of this needs to be applied when you are driving in the rain. Not only is your visibility compromised, but the roads are slippery. There are still certain things you can do to ensure your safety while driving in rainy weather. If you are looking for ways to driver safer during unfavorable weather, look no further, because here are five tips for driving in the rain.

1. Slow down

One of the worst things you can do when driving, regardless of whether it’s raining or not, is to speed. When it’s raining though, the condition of the roads is less safe. Slippery roads can lead to accidents, so if you have plans to reduce car accidents on the road, you need to be more careful when driving in the rain.

It is effortless to drive at the lawful speed even when it’s raining. As such, you need to put in the effort to be more conscious of your speed when you’re driving during weather like this. A speed that takes into account other drivers and the inclement weather.

2. Make use of your wipers

Your windshield wipers are very helpful when driving during rainy weather. Some drivers see these fixtures as distracting, but you must use them to ensure that you have sufficient visibility. The good thing is that your wipers offer different speeds.

If there is a light rain or drizzle, then you can get away with a low speed with pauses for a few seconds before the wipers get activated again. If you are driving under heavy rain, though, then it is advised to use your wipers at high speed as the rain can blur your windshield quicker and cause you to lose visibility.

3. Turn on your headlights

If you are driving at night and it is raining, then it would be the obvious choice to use both your windshield wipers and turn on your headlights. During the daytime, though, many drivers are hesitant to use their lights, even when it’s raining. Your headlights offer you better visibility of the road, as well as other drivers around you. Also, it works as a signal to any pedestrians who may want to cross the street, letting them know that there is a car approaching.

4. Maintain a safe distance

When it’s raining, you need to ensure that you maintain a more extended width in the distance between you and the cars around you. As such, if the need arises for you to stop or car or use your brake suddenly, the rain will make it a lot more complicated and slower for you.

If you are too close to the car in front of you, this can cause an unnecessary road accident. It is advised to maintain a distance of at least two car lengths when driving on a busy road when it’s raining.

5. Wait until the weather is favorable

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when it’s raining is to not drive at all. Not driving is especially applicable during heavy rain. If you feel at risk driving in weather like this, it would be much safer to stay at home and wait for the weather to become more favorable.

This way, you are also protecting yourself, and you are also reducing the risk of accidents occurring on the road for other drivers— the fewer drivers on the road during the rain, the better and safer for everyone.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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