Driving in the rain can be challenging and potentially dangerous if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to help you drive safely in the rain:
Reduce your speed to adjust for wet and slippery conditions. Driving at a slower pace gives you more time to react to unexpected situations.
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Increase following distance
Maintain a larger distance between your car and the one in front of you when following. This more space provides a longer stopping distance in the case of emergency braking.
Turn on your headlights, even during daylight hours, to improve visibility for yourself and other drivers.
Avoid quick movements
Steer and brake gently to avoid skidding or losing control. Sudden movements can cause your vehicle to hydroplane, where the tires lose contact with the road surface.
Defog your windows
Use the defogger or air conditioning to keep your windscreen and windows free of fog and humidity. To keep your view clean, use the washer fluid and windscreen wipers.
Be cautious of intersections
Be careful when approaching roads because rainfall can make the roads slippery. Watch out for cyclists, pedestrians, and other vehicles that might have poor visibility.
Avoid flooded areas
Avoid driving in flooded areas: It can be difficult to figure out the depth of the water, and your car could become stuck or slip away. If you come to deep water, turn back and choose a different path.
Check your tires
Make sure your tires are correctly inflated and have enough grip. On slippery roads, keeping control requires good tire traction.
To keep up with current and forecasted weather conditions, listen to weather reports or use weather apps. Consider canceling your trip or seeking alternatives to travel if the weather is bad.
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