Tips for Driving In Rain
Driving in the rain can be very difficult at times. Making sure you are seen as well as seeing others, becomes very challenging in the rain. We will go over a few things that might make your next rainy day trip safer. The number one thing you can do driving in the rain is to reduce your speed.
These are a few tips for driving the the rain
- Turn on your headlights
- Slow down- cars don’t stop in the rain like they do on dry pavement.
- Increase your distance- Increase your distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Try not drive behind tractor trailer or big trucks- these trucks disperse large amounts of water and tend to spray the cars following them making it difficult to see.
- Make sure your wipers and defroster are in proper working order.
- Be more alert
Does your defrost work?
Have you ever seen a car with hazy windows on the inside? This can be caused by a non working defroster or an actual source of water in the car such as water in the trunk, or water soaked carpets or floor mats.
Make sure your AC system in your car is functioning properly. The defrost in most cases, uses the ac to clear your windows. If you have standing water in your truck or carpets, even with a properly working defroster, your windows may never clear up.
The condition of your tires play a crucial role in how well your tires disperse water. If you have worn out tires, you may hydroplane. Worn tires with little or no grooves left in them have a reduced ability to disperse water underneath them.
Braking-Does your car have anti lock brakes?
Anti lock brakes were designed for aircraft in 1929 and saw wider use in the 1950’s to stop Airplanes quicker in wet weather and dry conditions. The same technology was applied to today’s cars and trucks. If your car does not have anti lock brakes, you should be more cautious when braking in standing water or on wet pavement.
These are generally found at intersections when cars idle for extended periods of time.These deposits can create a skid mixture when it rains after long dry spells. These may also be caused from previous accidents.
Hydroplaning is when your tires no longer can disperse the water from under them. Ever wonder what those grooves in your tires do? They disperse water from between your tires and the roadway, when they can no longer do this, you hydroplane. Braking with no anti lock brakes is not recommend in a hydroplane situation, steering the car in the direction that you want to go and take your foot off the accelerator.
If you have anti lock brakes, its is recommended you apply firm braking pressure, reduce speed and steer in the direction of travel. Worn tires and speed can be one of the reasons you hydroplane. In some cases hydroplaning can cause a car to loose control with no chance of recovery.
Did we mention to slow down!!
A lot of rainy weather accidents can be directly related to speed and distance. Increasing your distance and reducing your speed may also increase your visibility in the rain. The most common car accident in rainy weather is following to close or not increasing your distance.
Many commuters are under the impression their car will stop the same as it does on dry pavement, which is just not true. They also tend to follow the same distance under dry and wet circumstances. Get to where you need to go without incident, be careful driving in the rain.