Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

Sun Auto Service Expert, published on 02/22/2016

Safe driving should be a priority for today’s drivers no matter the season, but it is especially important during problematic, rainy weather. Whether you live in a stormy climate or only drive in rain on occasion, it is important to take precautions. Check out how these tips can keep you safe on the road when the weather is poor.

Install New Windshield Wipers

Old windshield wipers can be particularly troubling during and after rainstorms. As the rubber on the wiper blades ages, it often becomes dull. This makes it harder for the wipers to remove rain, water spray from passing vehicles, and debris from your windshield, causing many people to have a significantly less clear visual of the road and their surroundings when they drive. It is important to check the condition of your wipers regularly to avoid this issue.

Pull Over

When it starts to pour, it is sometimes best to pull over. Some drivers tend to not adjust their driving based on the weather. However, driving in the rain is much different than driving on a dry surface in ideal weather conditions. It is important to use caution and slow down. If the rain becomes severe, it is probably best to pull over and wait until it lets up. Remember, your safety is more important than rushing to get to the next destination.

Prevent Your Car From Hydroplaning

During wet weather, the chances of hydroplaning in a car increase. When this happens, there is a layer of water trapped between your tires and the road. This can cause your car to float on the road, and it also causes many drivers to lose control of the vehicle. To prevent this from happening, it is important to keep a lower speed than usual and avoid pooling water on the side of the road and in potholes. It is also helpful to maintain your tires. When there is plenty of tire tread to grip the pavement, the chance of hydroplaning is reduced.

Regular car maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure your car is up to the task in any weather. With the help of a professional, you can identify areas that need improvement, such as poor windshield wipers. However, the best way to stay safe under all driving conditions is to be careful. Because it is hard to stay inside at all times during a downpour, being prepared and cautious on the roadway is the key to a safe arrival.