RAINY WEATHER DRIVING TIPS
by 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:

SAFETY TIPS

  • 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!
MAINTENANCE TIPS
  • 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.

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