Driving safety tips:

How to better handle driving in the rain to stay safer.

Driving safety tips for rainy weather: use these safe driving tips to keep you out of trouble in the rain.

Driving in the rain is most hazardous during the night when visibility is minimal, so slow down and don’t assume that others see you. If you don’t have automatic headlights, always turn them on when driving in rain.

Drive in a lane with the least standing water, as even shallow puddles can cause hydroplaning and loss of control. If you drive through a puddle, your brakes will be wet and will require extra distance to work properly. Keep flares, emergency lights or reflectors on hand in case you have a breakdown or accident.

Why you should be extra careful when driving in the rain:

Rain makes driving more dangerous. Traction is reduced, decreasing your ability to stop and negotiate corners. Your visibility is impaired (especially at night), which increases your chances of having to make an emergency avoidance maneuver. To make matters worse, many people start driving before their defroster has cleared the windshield.

To ensure your safety when driving in the rain, make sure your tires and wiper blades are in top condition, and that all your lights work properly.

How to prepare for driving in rain or wet conditions; what you will need:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide: make driving in rain safer


Estimated time required - 30 Minutes

Driving in the rain, plus dirt, ice and snow dramatically reduce traction and control. What should you do?

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) will keep your wheels from locking but, without ABS, wheels tend to lock up easily. Here are more safe driving tips:

  1. The texture of the pavement can also make a major difference in available traction. Steel bridge grates, manhole covers and paint stripes are notoriously slick when wet.
  2. Intersections, entry and exit ramps, toll plazas and other high-traffic/low-speed areas collect spilled fluids from vehicles. The first rain creates a slippery road film that is particularly bad in these areas.
  3. As speed increases, the grooves in your tires cannot displace water fast enough, and your tires will begin to "float" (hydroplaning). Slow down gradually and make gentle steering corrections.
  4. All-season tires have deeper water grooves specifically designed to shed water and offer superior traction in wet weather. Worn tires with shallow water grooves tend to hydroplane more easily.
  5. The best thing you can do in wet weather is to slow down. Allow longer stopping distances and drive as smoothly as possible. Avoid quick changes in speed or direction.

Replace your windshield wiper blades every season, and use a rain water treatment on your windows every time you wash your vehicle.

These driving safety tips may seem minor – but they could save your life.

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