Tips for Driving in the Rain
Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:06
Now that the Atlantic Hurricane Season is well underway, and you are (hopefully) all stocked up with flashlights, batteries and nonperishables, we wanted to share a few tips to prepare you for safe driving in the rainy weather the season promises.
Use Your HeadlightsImage Credit: kshelton Illuminating your headlights during inclement weather not only improves your visibility, but it also alerts those around you of your location. In many states, you are required by law to use your headlights in the rain. Refresh your memory on the headlight usage regulations in your state, here.
Examine Your TiresImage Credit: jingoba You should inspect your car’s tires regularly depending on the amount of driving you do. To do this, you should measure tread depth and tire pressure. An easy way to measure tread depth is to place a penny upside down in your tire’s grooves – if Lincoln’s head is visible, it’s time for new tires. It is recommended you replace all four at the same time but if, for any reason, you can only replace two, put the new ones in the back. Wondering why? Check out the “Two Tire Replacement Demo” section in this post.
Check Out Your WipersImage Credit: PublicDomainPictures Wipers should be replaced at least once a year as to not compromise visibility in adverse weather. I’ve found RainX to be extremely helpful for Florida’s heavy rain, too – you might want to give it a try!
Consider the Law Before Using Hazard LightsDespite it being against the law in over half of the US, many drivers insist on driving with their hazard lights on in the rain. In Florida, it is illegal to use your hazards while in motion – the only exception being if your vehicle is a part of a funeral procession. Click here to learn what the laws regarding hazard lights are in your state.
Keep Your DistanceImage Credit: digidreamgrafix Simply put, it is harder for your tires to grip the road when it’s wet. Consider leaving ample stopping room between you and the car in front of you.
If You Skid, Keep CalmIt’s extremely important to slow down on wet roads, especially on curves, to prevent a skid. If you feel like you’re losing control of your vehicle, keep these things in mind:
- Remain calm
- Avoid Slamming on the Brakes
- Avoid Turning the Steering Wheel Sharply
- Look and Steer in the Direction You Want to Go