Driving already has its own risks, but it becomes more dangerous when the rain comes. One major risk factor is that rain can slick the road with the accumulated oil and dirt, making it more prone to accidents. Even though most of the oil washes off or dries after a rainy day, the roads are still dangerous while they’re wet. Another factor is the limited visibility, especially when it’s raining hard.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t drive at all during the rainy season. You can drive smartly by following these four tips:
1. Turn your headlights on
Keep your headlights turned on while driving when it’s raining — whether it’s day or night. In many states, laws require headlights to be on when it rains or whenever visibility is less than 1000 feet. That is about a quarter of a mile or three and one-third (3 ⅓) football fields.
2. Don’t use cruise control
Rainy weather demands your full attention as a drive. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your feet ready for action. Don’t rely on cruise control because it can cause you to lose control. If your vehicle hydroplanes, cruise control will think that the lack of traction is an opportunity to accelerate when it isn’t safe.
What is hydroplaning?
It’s when your vehicle skids on a wet surface, making it difficult for you to control how it moves. There are two things you should remember if this happens:
· Ease off the accelerator and continue driving steadily forward.
· Do not slam the breaks if you need to stop. Decrease your speed first then slowly press on your breaks.
3. Check and maintain tires, breaks, and wipers. Buy new ones if necessary.
A well-maintained car can keep you safe. Your tires, breaks, and wipers should always be working smoothly and have no damages. These are things that you have to regularly check, even if it isn’t the rainy season.
Threadbare and worn out tires are especially dangerous. They won’t have the traction to keep your car at top performance during a drive and, again, might cause it to hydroplane. If you notice that you need new tires, look for tires with deep tread or simply get all-weather tires.
4. Be a smart driver
Smart people adjust their strategy around changing conditions. Weather is one of those conditions. Drivers should take note of the following when driving in the rain or any inclement weather:
· Keep your distance. You never know when the person ahead of you will spin out.
· Do not tailgate, especially because you only have limited visibility.
· Be careful and slow down. When driving around a corner, drive slower.
· Be patient. The rain will make the traffic heavier because everyone’s driving slower but safer.
Some drivers have to take refreshers to keep their driving skills up-to-date. A class about defensive driving will help train you for dangerous driving conditions. There are also resources that can teach you driving techniques and car maintenance so that you can be smarter on the road, whether driving in the rain or other extraordinary conditions.
After learning these driving tips, you should also consider getting automobile insurance because additional precaution is always best — for your car and for your personal safety. It gives you an extra layer of protection should anything happen on the road. Vehicle owners purchased automobile insurance to mitigate high costs, if and when they get into an auto accident.
Interested to get automobile insurance? We at CIII Insurance Services can help you set it up. Just head on to our website and send us a message.