Driving Safe in the Rain
The rain brings water to areas that are in a drought, feeds our lawns and flowers, but can also decrease visibility and traction when driving. Things can get even more dangerous in the case of a flood. It may come as a surprise, but 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most any vehicle. It is suggested that you never, ever drive in a flood.
When roads are wet but still drivable, following these safety tips can help keep you and others on the road safe.
Make sure your lights are on. Turning them on can help other cars to see you and also may increase visibility for you.
Watch your speed. Hydroplaning can easily occur in the wet weather, as speeds increase. In order to help to prevent this, watch your speed and drive carefully.
Space is king. Allow more distance between you and the car in front of you. It takes longer to stop in the rain than when it is dry.
Slick roads can happen. When it hasn’t rained in a while, the build-up of engine oil on the road can mix with the fresh rain and make things quite slippery.
Car maintenance is key. Making sure that your tires are inflated properly and that you have functioning windshield wipers are very important.
Safety is always number one when it comes to driving, especially in inclement weather. Practicing safe driving is always the most responsible choice. If you are questioning the safety of the roads, it is better to not drive at all.
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