Driving Safely in the Rain

slippery-business-driving-safely-in-the-wet_654x439Most people don’t realize that driving in the rain is more dangerous than driving in snow. Just because it’s rain doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with the normal speed limit. You can slide a lot worse in the rain, and this can lead to over correcting, which has caused many deaths. When the pavement gets wet, all the oils on the road come up to the surface. This is more dangerous than ice.

To get your car rain ready, tire tread is everything. You need deep tire tread for this. The depth you need is 4/32. Place a quarter in the tread. If any show of Washington’s head is seen you should replace the tires. Tire pressure is very important also. Make sure your wipers are in good shape. While raining, you should always use your headlights to improve your visibility while driving. Always go below the speed limit, going the speed limit or faster will only be a recipe for an accident. If you’re driving a car made after 2012, anti lock brakes are a safety feature that was installed on cars after that year. Cars made before that do not have that feature so you pretty much are on your own and driving slower is the key.

You can pull over if it gets to raining too hard. Its better to pull over in a downpour than to hydroplane, or run into something. Forget the rule about staying a car length and a half behind the car in front. When it’s raining, after you pass something, count to 5 and that will keep you a safe distance, If that car in front of you stops do not slam on the brakes. Take your foot off the gas and let the car slow down on its own. This will keep you from slamming into someone.

When it’s dark outside, you should stay at least 6 seconds from the car in front of you when it’s raining. Stay out of heavy traffic if possible. You don’t want to get boxed in by cars on either side. If you have an opening on either side, you can get over in case the car in front of you stops. Never use cruise control or collisions warning systems. These sensors, during the rain, may  cause these features not to work right due to dampness. Always use your common sense. Practice safe driving techniques. Plain common sense…just slow down when raining.