While the saying says that April showers bring May flowers, last year May was the second wettest month in the recorded history of the United States. Most drivers know that intense rain can cause a plethora of different driving hazards that contribute to road conditions becoming unsafe. For example, water mixing with dirt on asphalt causes tires to lose traction on the road, making hydroplaning a legitimate concern when it rains. CARS Protection Plus acknowledges all the dangers that rainy conditions can promote and includes a short list of tips to help drivers stay safe and avoid accidents when driving in the rain.
While it may be one of the simplest rules for driving in rainy conditions, CARS Protection Plus realizes that many of us are so used to the routine of driving that we do not properly adjust for unfavorable conditions. Drive smart and make sure to be alert and focused on your surroundings.
Turn on Headlights
It is the law in most states for drivers to turn on their headlights when conditions contribute to low visibility arise such fog, snow, cloudiness, or rain. Proper use of headlights allows drivers to see the roads better in rainy conditions and help other drivers see you on the road as well.
Because of the risk of hydroplaning when driving during wet weather, slowing down is an excellent way to avoid accidents. Remember that speed limits are designed for ideal driving conditions where the driver has good visibility and there is little traffic. Rain generally will increase traffic and reduce visibility, so slowing down you drive to your destination is crucial. CARS Protection Plus also recommends allowing for more travel time when travelling in rainy conditions, as it helps not to feel rushed while things on the road are moving slower.
Increase Following Distance
CARS Protection Plus acknowledges that slick road conditions and reduced visibility can easily cause accidents on the road and increasing your following distance in addition to slowing down is a great way to take precautions. This gives drivers plenty to time to react to road hazards and account for longer brake times by braking early.
Avoid Large Puddles When Possible
Deep puddles present several issues for your car while driving in rainy conditions. Water that splashes into your car’s engine compartment can damage electrical systems within, while potholes that may be located under puddles can cause issues for your cars suspension. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot gauge the depth of a puddle, it is best to avoid it if possible.