In rainy conditions, it is harder to see other vehicles, road signs, and the road itself. Many accidents that occur in wet conditions could have been prevented, but many drivers do not realize they need to adjust their driving in foul-weather conditions. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to stay safe while driving in stormy weather.
- The first few hours after a storm are the most dangerous. After a long dry spell, engine oil and grease build up on the road. When it rains, the rainfall can make the road extremely slippery. Exercise caution when driving during the first couple hours of a storm.
- Stay in the middle lanes. Water tends to collect in the outside lanes, making it safer to stay in the drier, middle lanes.
- In case of hydroplaning, do not brake. Keep your wheel steady and slowly release the gas pedal until your car regains traction. Braking suddenly or swerving could send your car spinning.
- Turn on your headlights. Even if you think your visibility is not affected, turning on headlights helps other motorists see you and could prevent an accident. Don’t use your high beams: the water droplets in the air will reflect the light back at you and obstruct your vision.
- Don’t follow trucks and buses too closely. The spray that their tires create could block your vision. Additionally, larger vehicles need more time to brake in rainy conditions.
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