While you may love falling asleep to the sound of the rain or sitting out under your covered porch as the rain falls, you may not like driving in it. That said, there may be times when you have no choice but to drive in the rain. Do yourself (and everyone else on the road) a favor and educate yourself on the finer points of driving in the rain and the heavy gusts of wind that can accompany the rain.
One of the most important things to do while driving in the rain is to slow down. This is not only so you can have an easier time seeing what’s in front of you, but also so you can better avoid hydroplaning. Something else to think about regarding driving slow in the rain is that when it first starts to rain, any oil on the road will rise to the surface, where it can create a skidding hazard.
Pay Attention to Larger Vehicles
Regarding the heavy winds that blow when it rains, keep your eyes on larger vehicles like RVs and trucks. These vehicles have a tendency to drift out of their lanes when strong winds blow. If you’re driving around large RVs and tractor-trailers, navigate your way around them carefully.
Look Out for Standing Water
Another reason visibility is key during the rain is that you need to be able to spot areas of standing water. Standing water can hide debris and potholes that can ruin your tires and other parts of your car. When you see something that even looks like it may be standing water, maneuver around it the best you can to avoid a potential disaster.
Try To Anticipate Gusts of Wind
You may live in an area that’s prone to strong gusts of wind when it rains. If so, you could be better off waiting the storm out somewhere safe until the sky clears and you’re not in danger of being blown right off the road. When there’s rain in the forecast, check to see if there are any strong winds expected to accompany the rain.
Drive in the Tracks of the Car in Front of You
Take care that you aren’t multitasking while behind the wheel while it’s raining, but that you instead pay close attention to where the car in front of you is driving. The reason it’s a good idea to follow in the tracks of the car ahead of you is that the car displaces water, making the road that much safer for you.
Give Vehicles More Space
Following up on the above tip, take care that you don’t follow too closely to cars in front of you. Generally, it’s best to leave at least a full car length in any type of weather. Try to add on a couple more seconds of following time in rainy weather. That way, you’ll have more room to brake and (hopefully) avoid a collision. Giving vehicles more space also makes it easier to drive in the tracks of the vehicle in front of you.
While you don’t have to stay completely off the road when it’s rainy and windy, you should most certainly drive cautiously. Be sure to remember these tips for your commutes when the forecast includes rain.
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