When it rains, roads usually become flooded and slippery making it hard to navigate your vehicle through the water. Rainy conditions make an average driver more dangerous than usual, leading to more accidents on the roads. Even though we cannot control the weather, we can, however, take some extra precautions while driving that will reduce the risk of an accident.
Here are some tips that will make driving in the rain a safer experience.
1. Slow Down
Being mindful of the road conditions is very important, especially during the rain. Roads often become wet, making the road very slick and unsafe. If you are driving during the rain, it is recommended that you drive slower, under the speed limit. When you slow down your driving, you will gain more control and stability, making it easier and safer for you and other drivers around.
Being able to see the road and other cars is a major problem for when driving in the rain. So, it is recommended that you use the correct lights on your car to make the road more visible. In some circumstances, using your fog lights are the best option, while in other situations, your high beams work best when trying to see upcoming surroundings. Test out the various types of lights your car has, and use whichever allows you to be able to see better.
While driving on a straight road in the rain may seem safe at normal speeds, but when it comes to curves on the road or any turns, it's a completely different story. It is best and also recommended to slow down as you make a turn. This will minimize the risk of your car sliding while making the turn.
If you are about to drive in rainy weather, make sure to prepare your car before driving. Using a rain-repellent on your windshield can help get rid of the rain from you view. In order to clear any dirt or debris coming from the rain, keeping your windshield wiper fluid full is recommended. Keeping up with your car maintenance will have you prepared for most driving conditions.
5. Pulling Over
Driving in a normal rainstorm may not be so difficult for some people, driving during a violent storm will be. If the road conditions are too harsh and your visibility is too poor, the best option would be to pull over. By knowing when to pull over, you are prevent/reduce the risk of any potential accidents from occuring.
Roads in rainy weather have a great potential for danger. If you are planning on driving in the rain, stay focused on the roads and keep these few tips in mind. The more careful you are, the safer you will be.
Here at C&A Towing, we highly promote and value safe driving. Keep us in mind the next time you need any services performed!
Happy Driving from the C&A Staff