How to Drive Safe in the Rain?
How to Drive Safe in the Rain?

Driving in rain, whether a sprinkle or a heavy downpour, can be one of the most difficult driving situations a driver encounters. Hazards and risks are elevated whenever it starts to rain, or even if roads are still wet from a recent downpour. Many drivers will simply slow down as their only safety precaution when it begins to rain. While reducing speed is a crucial element of how to drive safely in wet conditions, there are several other techniques or considerations that motorists need to be aware of when driving in the rain. Knowing how wet roads and reduced visibility affects the way your vehicle handles will help you drive safely in rainy conditions.

  1. Turn on your headlights
There are two reasons to ensure that your headlights are on if it is raining: For your safety and because it is the law. In California, if you have reason to use your windshield wipers then you have a legal obligation to turn on your headlights. Having them on makes it easier for other drivers on the road to see your vehicle. It also helps you see better.
  1. Use Your Windshield Wipers
While this may seem like common sense, some people forget to turn on their windshield wipers in light rain. Most cars’ windshield wiper speed is adjustable to clear moisture from the glass in a light mist or in a heavy downpour. It is very important to use the windshield wipers during the rain.
  1. Reduce your speed
You should not drive at the same speed on a rainy day that you would on a sunny day. Reducing your speed helps you avoid hydroplaning because it allows your tires to maintain better traction while driving over water. The more slowly you are driving, the quicker you can stop, which is also important in wet conditions. Slow down your speed and give yourself extra time to get where you are going.
  1. Allow more room between you and the vehicles ahead of you
It takes longer to stop when roads are wet. It takes longer to react when your visibility is lowered. Both of these issues mean that you should leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Give yourself a few seconds between you and the car and you will have more time to stop – and a lower chance of getting into an accident.
  1. Avoid Heavy Braking
Try to slow your vehicle by taking your foot off the accelerator earlier than you normally would in preparation to slow down or stop. Don’t use cruise control so your attention on using both the gas and brake are in tune.
  1. Be alert
Everything on the road is more dangerous and unpredictable when it is raining. It is a good idea not to talk on the phone – even with a hand’s free device – and not to listen to anything that requires your attention.