How To: Stay safe driving in the rain

Stay safe driving in the rain

How to Stay safe driving in the rain

Worried about your next drive in the rain? Do you feel you & your car are not prepared? Stay safe in a downpour with these tips to handle slippery, wet pavement and reduced visibility.


You Will Need:
• Quality tires and windshield wipers
• Rain dispersant
• Awareness of driving conditions
• Patience

Step 1: Be prepared
Check your windshield wipers and tires for wear and keep your tires properly inflated. Treat your windshield with a rain dispersant.

Step 2: Be aware
Pay attention to changes in driving conditions during rain. Visibility and traction will be reduced.

Step 3: Light up
Turn on your headlights when you engage your windshield wipers. You'll see better and be visible to other drivers.

Step 4: Slow down
Slow down to avoid hydroplaning. If you speed, a thin layer of water can develop between your tires and the road, leading to loss of control.

Step 5: Be smooth
Avoid sudden stops and quick acceleration on wet roads, as these can lead to skids.

Step 6: Know your brakes
Prevent skids by using a gentle pumping action with standard brakes and applying a firm, even pressure to anti-lock brakes.

Step 7: Swerve if you have to
Swerve to avoid a collision. Anti-lock brakes will let you steer without releasing the brakes.


Trivia: A 1 inch rainfall equals 22,651 gallons of water per acre, which weighs over 100 tons.

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