Driving in the rain doesn't have to be a nerve-wracking experience. With the right preparation and information, you can navigate the rain safely and confidently.
1) Check your engine - maintain your tires by tread and air pressure checks. Check your brakes for any failures. Keep your windshield wipers in good condition.
2) Slow down and increase following distance - a general rule of thumb is to decrease speed by one-third and increase to a three-second following distance.
3) Use proper lighting - most cars now come with automatic running lights, but if your vehicle doesn't have this feature, turn your headlights and tail lights to help other drivers see you.
4) Handle your vehicle with care - avoid jerky, abrupt movement when braking, accelerating or turning. Don't use cruise control; it can cause hydroplaning.
5) Stay in the middle lanes - staying in the middle lanes while driving in the rain is often recommended because water tends to pool in the outer lanes.
6) Defog your windows - turn on the defrost vent without heat or use the AC to dehumidify the air inside the car. This helps to remove the moisture from the air.
7) Be mindful of hydroplaning - decrease your speed in heavy rain or where water pools. Drive in the tracks of the car in front of you to displace any standing water on the road.
8) Watch for standing water - if there's a roadway, that's very flooded, don't drive through it. Turn around and find another route to take.
9) Plan ahead and stay informed - check the weather forecast. Keep an emergency kit your car. Stay informed about road condition.
With these 9 tips in mind, you can stay safe on the roads, no matter what Mother Nature throws your way.