Tis the season for rain and weather so we thought it would be helpful to post some safety tips for driving in the rain. Decreased visibility and slippery roads increase the chances of being in an accident while raining. Stay alert and follow these tips to stay safe in the rain.
1. Leave Earlier
Traffic will move slower in the rain, so it will take longer for you to get to your destination. Plus, you don’t want to be in a hurry or rushing to get somewhere when the roads are slick. Give yourself extra time, and leaver earlier.
2. Brake Sooner
Sudden braking can cause you to hydroplane and lose control of the car. Brake earlier than you would typically, and use less force on the brakes.
3. Turn On Your Headlights
Even if its day time, turning on your headlights will not only help you see better, but it helps other drivers see you. However, avoid using your high beams; the light will reflect off of the water droplets in the air and make it even more difficult to see.
4. Watch for Pedestrians
A pedestrian might be too distracted fiddling with his umbrella to notice you, so it’s up to you to keep your eye out for someone crossing the road. With decreased visibility, they may be harder to see, so stay alert and keep an eye out for them.
5. Avoid Puddles
Stay close to the middle of the road. Puddles tend to form on the shoulder and the sides of the road, so hug the yellow line. Don’t try to cross large puddles in the road if you can’t tell how deep they are – your car could get stuck. Try to find a different way around.
6. Know how to handle Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is when your car skids on the surface of the water, and could cause you to lose control of the car. If your car starts to hydroplane, do not brake suddenly or turn the wheel – this could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Instead, slowly take your foot off the gas and steer straight. If necessary, tap the brake gently.
Forecasts predict scattered showers until Wednesday. A flood watch is in place through the evening, so please stay safe on the roads!