You made it through the ice, sleet, and snow of winter. Hoorah! Even though the weather is warming up, safe driving practices never go out of season. Rain can make for just as treacherous roadways as snow. Refresh your memory with these tips for driving in the rain. And remember, safe drivers are often eligible for discounts on their insurance, which could lead to low cost car insurance.
- Prepare for your journey. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and your wipers are in good condition. Also, consider using a windshield treatment that can reduce streaking and cause rain to bead up and roll quickly off the glass.
- Turn on your headlights. This will not only help you see, but will also help other drivers see you. In fact, some states require you to have your lights on when it’s raining.
- Know what to do if you hydroplane. Hydroplaning happens when your front tires suddenly lose traction, causing you to slide uncontrollably on a wet road. First, remember not to panic. Don’t brake or accelerate suddenly says DefensiveDriving.com, as this could cause your rear tires to spin out. If you feel yourself starting to slide, ease off the accelerator and try to identify an open space you can gently steer towards.
- Avoid standing water. If you see water flowing across the roadway, don’t assume you can cross it! The water could be much deeper than you think, could sweep your car away, or cause you to hydroplane. If the bottom isn’t visible, you don’t know what could be waiting for your tires under there. There could be a giant pothole, construction debris, or nothing at all. Just in case, try to avoid driving through standing water.
- Keep your distance. According to Goodyear, it takes about three times longer to brake on wet roads than on dry roads. If you’re following too closely, you may not be able to brake in time, could risk being involved in a car accident, and could have to file a claim with your auto insurance company.
- Slow down! DefensiveDriving.com also suggests that on wet roads, you should drive 30% slower than you normally would. Rain mixes with grime and oil on the road, making conditions perfect for skidding. Driving at a slower pace will help your tires maintain their maximum traction.
Keep these driving tips in mind and you’ll slide into summer a safer, more prepared driver! What's more, you could be eligible for low cost car insurance. Do you have a wet weather driving story you’d like to share? Slip and slide on over to our Facebook page to share what you learned with your fellow drivers!