Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), August is when most automobile accidents occur simply because of potholes created from rising temperatures and heavy rains. Driving in heavy rain can be very stressful. As we all continue to enjoy the summer (and its storms), we have some helpful tips to keep you safe while driving in the rain.
WAIT UNTIL THE WEATHER IMPROVES
If your plans are flexible, wait until the storm passes. Taking a few extra minutes could save you from putting yourself in danger on the wet roads.
Driving the speed limit isn’t always the answer. In wet weather conditions, you should drive considerably slower than what the speed limit sign shows. Remember, wet roads are dangerous and your vehicle will not react as quickly.
TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS
Did you know, most states require drivers to turn on their headlights while driving in the rain? AAA has a comprehensive list of states and their specific requirements. Even if you’re unsure of the law, know that turning on the headlights will increase both your visibility and others’ ability to see your car on the road.
MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE BETWEEN CARS
Driving too close causes a lot of accidents, especially when roads are wet. According to NHTSA, more than six in ten drivers said that another driver’s behavior had been a threat to them or their passengers within the past year. Keeping a greater distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you will allow you ample time to stop when needed.
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As we all are out and about enjoying the last days of summer, keep yourself and your passengers safe while traveling in the rain. And remember, safety first. Always.