Driving in the rain, whether short or long-distance, is not only a hassle but it’s extremely dangerous. Per AAA exchange, 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: Slowing down while driving on wet roads will highly reduce your vehicle’s chances of skidding, sliding or hydroplaning. Remember, the road is most slippery
the 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. Simply slowing down gives you the best control of your vehicle when driving in the rain!
- Give yourself space: Stalling a few seconds behind the vehicle in front of you gives you enough time to react at sudden stops or adjustments other drivers may have.
- Turn your headlights on: Driving with headlights on allows the driver to see the road better when it’s raining and also makes it easier for other drivers to acknowledge your vehicle.
- Concentrate on the road: Distractions should always be avoided when driving, rain or shine but when the roads are wet, staying focused is crucial! Avoiding distractions such as eating, reading, cell phone usage or usage of any electronic device will help the driver keep their concentration on the road.
- 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.