Driving after the rain starts to fall is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. The rain forces oil out of the road, bringing it to the surface, and ultimately creating slippery driving conditions. Let’s take a look at some helpful strategies and tips that will keep you safely driving through the rain with all precautions possible:
Drive Slower Than Usual
There’s no need to drive the speed limit when it’s raining. Only drive as fast as you believe is necessary for the conditions. If this means driving 5-10 miles per hour slower than the speed limit, so be it. There is no harm in driving at a safe rate of speed in the righthand lane. Though it will take longer to reach your destination at a reduced rate of speed, it’s worth the extra time investment as you will arrive without damage to your vehicle or your person. Leave 10-15 minutes early, drive at a safe rate of speed and you’ll arrive on time.
Be Sure to Turn on Your Headlights
Turn on your vehicle’s headlights as soon as the rain starts to fall. Headlights make it easier to see what’s ahead of you, make quick decisions and ultimately avoid an accident. The law mandates that you turn on your headlights when visibility is limited. Visibility is reduced when the rain falls, so turn on those headlights right away to ensure safely driving behavior!
Resist the Temptation to Use Cruise Control
Though cruise control is certainly convenient, using it has the potential to put you and your vehicle in jeopardy. The last thing you want is to hydroplane while cruise control is activated. If you hydroplane when relying on cruise control, your vehicle will speed up, heightening the danger that much more.
Do Not Use Your Brights
Though flipping on the brights is acceptable when traveling those uncrowded country roads during a rainstorm, doing so in the vicinity of other vehicles is rude and unsafe. If you turn on your brights, you might temporarily blind the driver ahead of you, making the road that much more dangerous. It’s also possible the light from your brights will reflect off the wet road and bounce back to your line of vision, making it difficult to see clearly.
Mind Your Steering
Drive faster than the conditions warrant and you might end up hydroplaning. If you hydroplane, turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to move toward. Keep trying to steer out of the hydroplaning as many times as necessary. Even if it takes upwards of five attempts to resume your course, you will eventually steer your vehicle out of the hydroplane. However, if you end up in an accident, Brown’s Collision Center is here to perform the necessary repairs and get your vehicle back on the road as soon as possible.
Avoid Deep Puddles of Water
If you spot large puddles of water ahead, don’t assume your vehicle can drive through them without a problem. It takes just three inches of water to reduce the control of your vehicle. Even if you retain control, a larger vehicle may push water beneath your car, leading to an engine stall.
Leave Space Between Your Vehicle and the One Ahead of You
Don’t tailgate another vehicle at any time. You should leave at least three to five car lengths between your vehicle and the one ahead of you during a rainstorm. This space provides the stopping distance necessary to come to a complete halt even when the rain is pounding down.
Brown’s Collision Center is at Your Service
If you’re involved in an auto accident, if your vehicle has been damaged by hail or if your ride simply needs some refinishing, our team is on your side. Give us a call at 479-273-2639 to learn more about tips for safely driving, our services or schedule an appointment today.