5 Tips To Drive Safely In The Rain

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It’s dangerous to drive in rain, even after the rain because it makes for slippery roads and reduces your visibility. It is also one of the reasons for accidents that may cause damages, injuries, or even loss of life.

Here are 5 tips that help you drive safely in inclement weather, in general, and in the rain, in particular.

1. Slow down on the wet road

Speeding is never a great idea, especially when you drive in bad conditions. In heavy rain or rainstorm, you will find it difficult to observe obstacles on the road. Additionally, a slippery road surface offers you about half of the grip compared to a dry one, which can double braking distances. Therefore, it’s crucial for you to slow down or even drive slower than the speed limit. It will not only reduce the chances of hydroplaning but also help you avoid skids, two things that are most threatening while driving.


2. Turn on your headlights, front and rear defrosters, windshield wipers

Rain is typically accompanied by overcast or foggy conditions. Therefore, when it starts to rain, it’s important for to to turn on your headlights to help you see the road. The headlights also allow other drivers to be aware of your presence, thereby preventing any accidents.


Besides, you need to make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition, with both wiper blades are not worn down or split.

If the windshield begins to fog, you need to turn on your front and rear defrosters as well as use the air conditioner to dehumidify the air inside your vehicle.

3. Keep distance from the car ahead

It’s always important for you to keep a greater-than-normal distance between you and the car ahead of you. Especially, you should keep a minimum of a good five car length a truck or van because both of these vehicles shoot blinding rain onto your windshield. This will give you much better visibility, too.


4. Look ahead

Always looking to where you want to be going and keeping both hands on the steering wheel at all times are crucial to drive safely in the rain.


5. Pull off the road

Driving in the heavy rain, especially at can be more dangerous with the combination of rain, glaring lights and your fatigue. Therefore, if you cannot see or feel that is completely hampering your driving, you should stop and park your car. The edge of the road, roadside malls, rest areas and restaurants are places you can park your vehicle until it stops raining.


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This article was published on 2013/08/21