Rainy driving tips – Golden Benchmark Insurance services offers the following suggestions for safer driving in wet weather. It is critical to make sure you can see and be seen.
- First thing: Slow down! As the vehicle needs a little more time to adjust to the wet conditions of the road then a normal day. In stormy conditions, it is more difficult to see other vehicles, road signs and the road itself.
- Maintain proper following distance between the vehicles increasing distance in wet conditions. As water pools in the outside lanes- stay in the middle lane.
- Spray created by the large tires of trucks or busses reduces your vision. So, take care when passing.
- Be alert to the brake lights in front of you, maintaining ample distance (2 car lengths for every 10 mph of speed)
- Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better.
- Replace old or brittle wipers.
- At night, the glare of the oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on your windscreen, can cause temporary loss of visibility causing a serious risk to driver’s life. Also, it is extremely hard to spot and harder to avoid pedestrians, and wildlife in night driving.
- Never drive through moving water, it may cause serious damage to a modern car's electrical system.
- Watch for pedestrians, avoid splashing water.
- During heavy thunderstorms, large flashes of lightning can temporarily blind and the accompanying high winds and heavy rain can create deadly driving conditions.
Slow down! This should be obvious but it also very important. People are so used to driving certain speeds on certain roads that sometimes they forget the need to slow down when inclement weather presents itself.