driving in the rain
driving in the rain

Tips and Tricks For Driving Safely in the Rain

Doctor David Jenkins Orlando Chiro

Written by: Dr. David Jenkins

Published: September 23rd, 2021

Even though a lot of people pay attention to weather reports before they leave the house, there are still some situations where you could find yourself driving in the rain. Driving in the rain can be a significant challenge depending on how hard it is raining and what time of day it is. What are a few tips you need to follow for driving in the rain?

driving in the rain

1. Slow Down

If you are driving in the rain, the most important thing you have to remember is that you must slow down. Driving conditions can change quickly, particularly when it is raining hard. Even though it is always advisable to drive under the speed limit, you may want to reduce your speed even further. That way, you have more time to react to changing road conditions.

If you try to speed in the rain, you could lose control of your vehicle, leading to a serious motor vehicle accident. You can reduce your chances of being involved in a wet motor vehicle collision by slowing down.

2. Turn On the Wipers

Of course, you should also turn on your windshield wipers. Some people have windshield wipers that turn on automatically in the rain. Depending on how heavily it is raining, you may need to adjust the speed of your windshield wipers as well. You should make sure you get your car inspected at least once per year. That way, you can make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order. You do not want your windshield wipers to fail when you need them most. If you notice that your windshield wipers are leaving streaks, you may want to apply a solution that can remove these streaks.

3. Increase Your Following Distance

When you drive in the rain, you must increase your following distance. This means you need to put more distance between you and the car in front of you. In dry conditions, it is prudent to leave at least one car length between you and the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour of speed. You need to increase this number when you are driving in the rain. Furthermore, you should try to avoid driving behind large vehicles, including tractor-trailers. They can disperse a significant amount of water that can completely obstruct your windshield.

4. Use Your Headlights

When you are driving in the rain, you should use your headlights. First, this will increase your visibility, giving you more time to react to hazards that could show up in the road. Second, headlights are important because they announce your presence to other vehicles. It is difficult to see other cars in the rain.

If you do not turn on your headlights, then your car is going to remain dark, making it more difficult for other drivers to spot you on the road. This could increase your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

5. Use Your Defroster

When you drive in the rain, your windshield is going to fog up quickly. Do not reach out to your windshield and try to wipe it with your hand. The oils on your hands are going to leave significant streaks that will make it even harder for you to see. Instead, you could turn on the defroster.

The defroster is going to activate your air conditioner, clearing up the windshield. Even though you are still going to have to deal with raindrops, this could make it much easier for you to see what is going on around you.

6. Minimize Distractions

When you drive in the rain, your attention is going to be divided between the weather conditions and the traffic on the road. Therefore, you need to make sure you can focus the entirety of your attention on driving. You may want to turn off the radio to minimize distractions. Or, you may want to put down that food or beverage item you are working on. You should certainly turn off your phone, and try to get other people in the car to be quiet. That way, you can minimize distractions and prioritize your driving.

7. Don’t Break Too Fast

As the road conditions change around you quickly, you may feel like you need to break as quickly as possible. If you break too quickly, this could increase your chances of hydroplaning. Furthermore, you might lose control of the vehicle. If you slam on the brakes, you could lose control of your vehicle, and you increase the chances of someone behind you running into the back of your car. Therefore, if you see that you will have to stop the car, try to press the brakes lightly. Bring your car to a gradual stop to make sure you remain in control of your vehicle.

8. Avoid Standing Water

When you drive in the rain, you need to be very careful to avoid standing water. For example, if you are driving down a hill, you should expect standing water to be at the bottom. When you see standing water, do everything you can to avoid it safely. You never know how deep standing water is, and it is possible that the water could be too deep for your car. In addition, if you drive quickly through standing water, you have a high chance of hydroplaning, which could lead to a serious accident. Make sure you avoid standing water when you drive.

Visit Dr. Jenkins if You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important for you to see a professional auto accident doctor as quickly as possible. That way, you can get your injuries diagnosed and treated before they get worse. If you have been involved in an accident in the local Florida area, visit Dr. Jenkins for an evaluation today. We can help you develop a personalized plan that has been customized to meet your specific injuries. Contact us today to make an appointment with our team!

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