After the doldrums of winter, the urge to hit the road once spring comes to call is hard to resist. We know that April showers bring May Flowers, but they also bring more car accidents especially for new teen drivers. Driving in the rain brings a whole new set of things for drivers to concentrate on and more distractions that can cause mishaps.
Driving in the rain doesn’t have to cause extra anxiety. If you follow a few simple guidelines, and keep yourself focused you should reach your destination safe and sound. Here are 5 tips for staying safe while driving in the rain.
Most people drive like they’re on autopilot. When it rains they don’t adjust their thinking. When conditions are less than perfect drivers need much more aware of their surroundings and what the other drivers are doing than they normally would.
Keep Your Headlines On
Not only is this a good practice, but in all states it’s the law. When it rains you need to have your headlights on. With your windshield splattered with water its much harder to see the other drivers around you. Having your headlights on brightens them up and lets other drivers see you better.
Watch Out for Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is what happens when your tires loose traction with the road and your car begins to slide. If you begin to hydroplane remove your foot from the gas slowly, and steer straight. If you start to hydroplane steer your wheel in the direction of the slide not against it. Do so slowly so you don’t over correct.
Turn off Cruise Control
You need to be able to control your cars acceleration in the rain. Cruise control takes away from that. If you hydroplane while cruise control is on you’ll actually go faster than you were before and lose control.
When it comes to driving on wet roads going faster can actually make you more likely to lose traction. Remember you don’t have the best visibility in the rain so slowing down also helps your reaction time in an emergency.
If you follow these few simple precautions you’ll keep yourself safe all spring long.