Driving always carries some amount of risk, but it is the job of responsible drivers to avoid adding further risks. Often, it is necessary to drive in poor weather conditions, so certain precautions must be taken. Here are just a few tips for driving in the rain that will help keep your car out of the collision center:
Use Your Headlights
Even if it is the middle of the day and the streets are not quite dark, you should use your headlights in the rain. Gloomy weather reduces visibility, and making sure you can be seen is half of the job of your headlights. You may not need to light up the road ahead, but you definitely want oncoming drivers to be able to see you through the mist.
Maintain Safe Distances
Wet roads can be quite slippery, especially when the first few drops have lifted the oil from the roads but have not yet washed it away. Your tires are meant to cope with water, but they won’t grip a wet road quite as well as a dry one. Be sure to travel a bit slower and give yourself more room to stop gradually. Quick changes in velocity—such as sharp turns or abrupt stops—are very dangerous in the rain.
Change Your Windshield Wipers in Advance
If you have ever driven into the rain with a set of cracked or loose windshield wipers, you know how terrible this can be. To ensure that you can always see where you are going, you must be prepared for rain at any time. This means that you should never let your wiper blades fall into disrepair. Check and replace your wiper blades before you need them; you’ll thank yourself when the next storm rolls in.
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