Driving in the Rain

Automotive, Home & Family
on October 11, 2011

When the weather’s bad, follow these simple tips to reduce the risk of an auto accident.

Take your time. In wet weather, slow down. Accidents can occur if you drive at the same speed as when the roads are dry. Unfortunately, some drivers will overestimate their ability to adjust to the road conditions. This can cause accidents when cars swerve on wet pavement or when drivers are unable to stop due to the accumulation of water and oil on the road. Caution and slower speeds can help avoid unnecessary braking, which can result in collisions. In addition, it is smart to leave more distance between cars, so that there is more time to stop when the car ahead of you brakes.

Plan ahead. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation heavy rain can result in slower traffic and reduced visibility. If rain is in the forecast, plan ahead and allow for more travel time.

Car care and maintenance. The rainy season is also a good opportunity to tend to vehicle maintenance. Specifically, tires should be properly inflated and have good treads for channeling away water. In addition, make sure windshield wipers are in good shape; good wipers are needed to maintain proper visibility. Keep windows defogged, turn on the lights and pay close attention to other drivers, as well.