‘Tis the season for spring shower drives. Although rain may seem like an easier weather element to drive in (compared to snow), it’s important you adjust your driving habits to ensure your safety on the road.
With each change of season, we need to remind ourselves of the driving habits to adjust according to the weather. Follow these tips to learn how to safely drive in the rain this spring. As a beginner or a seasoned driver, we can all be reminded of ways to increase our safety on the road.
Four Pro Tips For How to Drive Safely in Rain
#1 Adjust Driving Habits
Typically, in the spring we are inundated with rain! When it comes to driving in the rain, make sure you reduce your speed and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Rain makes the roads a lot slicker and our tires can lose traction when wet so this can make braking in time difficult. Leaving extra space while you drive in the rain will also help keep your car from getting sprayed, which will keep your windshield clear!
#2 Utilize Ways to Increase Visibility
To achieve optimal viability when driving in the rain this spring, make sure you use your windshield wipers and headlights. Headlights will also help with visibility for both you and other drivers, as they make it easier to see vehicles approaching. Be sure to double-check the condition of your wipers and replace them when needed.
#3 Decrease the Chance of Foggy Windows
Often spring rain creates foggy windows when driving! To decrease window fog turn up the AC to increase cool air or turn on the defrost button. Clearly, visibility is important, and decreasing foggy windows is another element to keeping you safe on rainy roads this spring.
#4 Ways to Avoid Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning happens when a thin layer of water is between your tires and the road. This can be dangerous and could cause you to lose control. If you’re on a drive in the rain and hydroplaning occurs, avoid breaking or steering abruptly. You should take your foot off the gas and steer into the skid. This will help ensure your safety driving in the rain.