When the weather starts to cool down and the rain moves in, it gets more difficult to drive on the roads. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and secure when you are out driving in this rainy weather.
- – Check your wipers: Wipers should be checked and replaced yearly. Over time you may notice that the wiper arms are not bending downward correctly, which will prevent them from cleaning your windshield properly.
- – Check your tires: Before driving in the rain, check your tires for balding. If the treads are missing, when your tires drive over water, the water will have no where to go and your car will end up riding atop the water (“hydroplaning”), which can be extremely dangerous.
- – Check your lights: Be sure your lights are working. When it is difficult to see due to rain, turning on your headlights can help your visibility and that of the drivers around you.
- – Check your brakes: After going through a deep water hazard, your brakes may be saturated. To eliminate the saturation, you will have to drive very slowly and brake lightly at the same time to generate heat to dry them out. Check that they are pulling evenly on both sides and all 4 wheels before bringing up your speed again.
- – Check your windows: Defogging your windows before driving in the rain can help improve your visibility. [information source]
- – Watch where you drive: Driving in the center lanes rather than the far right or left can help you avoid those large, hazardous puddles. Also,
- – Prevent hydroplaning: Hydroplaning, or sliding uncontrollably on a wet road, can be a scary and dangerous occurrence. Help avoid this by avoiding hard braking, driving a good distance from the car in front of you, and do not use cruise control. If your car does start to hydroplane, do not brake or turn your steering wheel abruptly; instead, take your foot off the gas and keep your hands steady on the wheel until your car returns to its proper position.
- – Slow down: Many times, drivers continue to drive the same speed they are accustomed to when it is not raining, causing accidents. Be sure that you are leaving ample room between you and the car in front of you. Also, in places that do not get very much rain like California, the roads are much slicker when it does rain from all the oil buildup. Be cautious of this. [information source]
HWP Insurance Carrier, Mercury Insurance: Nearly half (47%) of all weather-related car accidents — more than 700,000 a year — are due to rain.
So when the rain starts and you have somewhere to go, be sure that you are being as safe as possible and don’t forget these helpful tips.