A lot of people don’t realize how drastically the road conditions change when it’s raining. There are a number of things you should do differently under wet conditions. Here are some tips for driving in the rain!
Everyone knows that rain is going to make the road slick. This is especially true when it rains after a dry spell when oil and other substances have been given a chance to build up on the road. These will mix with the rain and create considerably dangerous conditions. Be extra careful during these times.
Tip #1 - Always turn on your headlights when it's raining
Tip #2 - Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition
Tip #3 - Increase Distance
Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This allows for more reaction time, which is necessary because you need more time to stop in the rain.
Tip #4 - Leave Earlier
If you know there is rain in the forecast, particularly thunderstorms, leave earlier for your destination. This ensures you won't feel the urge to speed, which is especially dangergous during storms because traffic tends to slow in hard rain conditions due to a lack of visibility.
Tip #5 - Slow Down
Speeding will decrease your reaction time and increase the distance needed to stop. Avoid speeding when it's raining. Remember that posted speed limits are for ideal conditions. Any time conditions change, you are expected to adjust your speed accordingly. No one likes to get pulled over in the rain.
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