RAINY WEATHER DRIVING TIPS
Reed Berry, "The Traffic Guy"
A rainy day can be refreshing.
A walk in the rain can be romantic. Driving in the rain, however, can be
quite dangerous so avoid it if you can. You may be a very safe driver,
driving defensively and obeying all traffic laws. But what about the drivers
around you? If you have to drive on a rainy day, keep your trips to a minimum
to reduce your chances of being involved in a collision. Before driving,
check traffic reports to see if your route is affected by flooding, traffic
collisions or road closures.
Here are some more helpful
tips for rainy day driving:
When driving on the freeway,
drive in the center lanes as water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
Turn on your headlights!
It will help you see better on foggy or rainy days and it will help other
drivers see you!
Increase your following distance
and watch for brake lights ahead.
Slow down Ė it takes
longer to stop in wet weather. Plus the faster you drive, the greater
the chances of hydroplaning!
Drive slowly through any
puddle of uncertain depth. That way if itís deeper than you thought,
you can still back out!
Never drive through moving
water if you canít see the ground through it Ė you could be swept right
off the road!
Before it starts to rain,
replace old or brittle wiper blades. Wiper blades are inexpensive and are
very easy to change!
Check the tread and inflation
of your tires. Properly maintained tires provide the added traction
you will need on wet roads.
Consider carrying a portable
car starter with you. That way, if your battery goes dead you can
start your car from inside the vehicle rather than getting out of the car
to do a conventional jump start with cables.