Driving in the rain, whether short or long-distance, is not only a hassle but it’s extremely dangerous. According to AAA, wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents annually. Regardless, safety begins with the driver! The following are a few safety tips to always consider when driving in the rain:
- Take your time: Slow down on wet roads to greatly reduce your chances of skidding, sliding, or hydroplaning. Remember, the road is most slippery duringthe first few minutes of rain, when the water is mixing with oil on the pavement. The slick road surface causes the vehicle’s tires to lose grip and hydroplane. Driving slower can help prevent this. Slowing down gives you the best control of your vehicle when driving in the rain!
- Give yourself space: Always stay a few seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. This gives you enough time to react to sudden stops or adjustments other drivers may make.
- Turn your headlights on: Driving with headlights on allows drivers to see the road better when it’s raining. It also makes it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle.
- Concentrate on the road: It’s good to avoid distractions when driving, rain or shine. Staying focused when driving on wet roads is especially crucial, though! Avoid distractions such as eating, reading, cell phone use, or using electronic devices. This can help you concentrate on the road and keep you safe.
- Pull over, if needed: If you cannot see the road and drivers around you, or simply do not feel comfortable due to the weather conditions, don’t be afraid to simply pull over to the side of the road until the weather subsides.
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