Spring is here, and so are spring showers. While you might not think of rain as being dangerous (it’s just water!), getting caught in a bad storm can make the road conditions very unsafe. I have been caught in some terrible rainstorms in my day, and they can be really frightening. In this post, I want to explain some of the most common tips for driving in the rain. This can help you drive safely and avoid an accident or a run-in with the law.
#1: Slow Down
This might seem pretty obvious, but driving slower and allowing for more space between you and other cars is important if it is raining hard. Only drive as fast as you are comfortable. Even if cars behind you are frustrated, it is better to be safe than sorry. Oftentimes in the rain it is necessary to drive below the speed limit. You can also use your headlights to help you gauge distance. Make sure that you can stop within the area that your headlights illuminate.
#2: Make Sure Your Windshield Wiper is Clean
A dirty windshield wiper can be annoying during regular weather, but it can quickly jump from annoying to dangerous in rainstorms. Dirt and grime on your windshield can leave streaks and create a glare, making it difficult to see. If you are going to drive in the rain, give your windshield wiper a quick scrub to avoid these issues.
#3: Make Sure Your Lights Work Well
In rainy weather, your headlights are extremely important. Even if it is the daytime, it might be necessary to use your lights. Periodically check that each of your headlights and taillights work, and that your high beams work. You should also check your signal lights to make sure that they are working properly. Having properly working lights is important for your safety as well as the safety of other drivers.
#4: No Distracted Driving
During poor conditions, more than ever, it is important to pay attention to the road. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by passengers in your car, your phone, the radio, or anything else. You will need your complete focus on the road to ensure that you are driving as safely as possible and avoiding accidents. In addition, it is important to be fully alert when driving. Don’t drive if you are feeling drowsy or you have been drinking. Issues such as these could make it more difficult for you to drive safely.
#5: Be Extra Careful of Pedestrians
Especially if it is dark and it is raining, it can be very difficult to see pedestrians. Most pedestrians do not wear reflective clothing, and can easily blend in to their surroundings. Pay extra attentions at stop signs and stop lights, and always be on alert for people who are jaywalking.
These tips should assist you as you seek to stay safe on the road. If you are pulled over or get into an accident due to bad weather, contact our office. We are happy to provide more resources and help you throughout this process.