Heavy rain creates hazardous conditions on the road because of poor visibility and wet, slick roadways. Hydroplaning, trouble seeing other drivers and poor traction increase the risks of accidents.
Safe driving in the rain does not have to be as difficult as you think.
Check your wipers
Without windshield wipers that function properly, visibility will be minimal in heavy rain conditions. Test your windshield wipers to be sure that they respond correctly and clear your windshield.
Make your car visible
Any time you drive with your wipers on, best practices suggest turning on your headlights as well. Especially in heavy rains when visibility is minimal, headlights and taillights may be the only things that other drivers see of your car until it is too late. Reduce the risk of accidents by keeping your lights on.
Especially in areas where you are unfamiliar with the roads, be responsible and slow down. Drive cautiously and be aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid venturing into standing water to avoid flooding. Avoid sudden movements and overcorrections as well to reduce the risk of hydroplaning or ending up off the road.
Allow extra room
Remember that your stopping distance is longer when it rains because of wet roadways. Allow extra room between you and the cars around you for safe stopping.
Safety is a priority when it is raining, especially when visibility is poor. These are some of the key tips for reducing your risk of an accident if you have to drive in the rain.