Driving in Heavy Rain

Driving in adverse conditions is never ideal, but, by taking a few precautions, you can make it safer for yourself and the other drivers around you. In some cases, the best precaution to take is to stay off the road until the weather clears. If that's not an option, then the following tips can help.

  1. Eliminate distractions. Driving in heavy rain can be extremely nerve wracking, so it's important to make sure that your vehicle is free of distractions. Turn down the radio, limit conversations and don't look at your cell phone.

  2. Make sure you can see. Heavy rain causes poor visibility, so you should always turn your headlights on regardless of the time of day. This also allows other drivers to better see you. Don't use your high beams as this can cause a dangerous glare when the light reflects off the water. Turn your windshield wipers on the highest setting and turn on any rear or headlight wipers. Increase your following distance to allow yourself to see other vehicles and for them to see you.

  3. Don't rush. You should always slow down in heavy rain for a few reasons. One of the biggest ones is that driving too fast could cause your vehicle to hydroplane. This happens when your tires are no longer gripping the pavement, but instead gliding across a layer of water. This makes braking and steering difficult or impossible. The other reason is that you cannot brake as quickly on wet pavement. If you slow down and increase following distance, you'll have plenty of time to stop if necessary.

  4. Use caution in passing larger vehicles. If you're driving a passenger car and are passed by a large truck or semi going at a decent clip, they might cause a wave of water to sweep over your windshield. This can be a very startling and frightening experience, so the best way to avoid panic is to be prepared. If you see a truck coming on your side, slow down and resist the urge to steer or slam on your brakes. Simply keep moving at a slow speed until the water is cleared by your wipers.

  5. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order. Before you drive in heavy rain, you want to make sure things like your windshield wipers, headlights, and tires are in good shape. We can help with any service related questions.

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