Driving in the Rain and Tips for Driving Safely
The weather can be tricky, and sometimes a downpour comes out of nowhere when you’re on your way home or travelling by car. Some drivers don’t have any hesitation about driving in the rain, while others can find it very scary and overwhelming. Either way, drivers need to be a little more careful when driving in the rain and take a few extra precautions to make sure they don’t have an accident and make it to their destination safely. Here’s what needs to be considered when driving in a downpour.
If it hasn’t rained for a while, adding water to the road can make it extra slippery. When the roads have been dry for a while, engine oil and grease can build up on the road and then the rain on top of that layer of build-up can make it really hazardous for cars on the road.
When it rains, large puddles will often form on the road in the lower spots. Frequently, there will be holes or other imperfections in the asphalt, so it’s tough to know exactly what’s under that puddle. Driving right through it can cause massive damage to the underparts of your car or it can even cause your tires to blow or rims to bend. If you can avoid driving through puddles during big rainfalls, it’s best to do so.
Turn on Headlights
Even if it’s not quite dark yet, turning on your headlights when driving in the rain can help other drivers see you as rain can occasionally obscure your vision. Also, make sure to turn on your windshield defrosters if the inside of your car is fogging up.
Think About Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning can occur when your car essentially starts to glide on top of the road and has little to no contact with the actual pavement. There is usually a thin layer of water on top of the road, and it can cause you to lose control of your vehicle while driving. If you lose traction, you need to keep calm and try not to make any sudden movements while taking your foot off the gas (and not putting it on the brakes) and then steer the vehicle where you want it to go.
If you are really uncomfortable with driving or it’s raining so hard that you can’t see at all, then you should find a place to safely pull over and wait out the rain. When the rain stops, the roads could still be slippery, but you will have clearer visibility to get to your destination safely.
Keep an Emergency Kit
Rain or not, you don’t want to get caught without the essentials you’d need in the event of an emergency. Make sure to pack a first aid kit and some water, along with any other essentials you may need, specifically for yourself.
Driving in the rain can be scary – especially if it’s at night and visibility is low. A sudden onset downpour can decrease your comfort level with other drivers on the road, and you might not be able to see well enough to keep yourself in the proper lane or even on the road. By taking your time and slowing down, along with being diligent about what’s around you, you should be able to keep driving safely and make it home without an incident.
Contact ICD Insurance today
While you should make every reasonable effort to avoid accidents, they sometimes still occur, and when they do, it’s important to have the right insurance in place. To discuss your auto insurance options, contact ICD Insurance today.