Most people drive on autopilot without taking a lot of time to think about exactly what they are doing. While that’s dangerous even in perfect conditions, it’s especially bad when the conditions aren’t ideal. Find our 4 tips for adjustments drivers should make to safely drive in the rain below.
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4 Tips For Safely Driving In The Rain
Reduce Your Speed
The first thing you should do anytime things get damp on the roads is slow down and increase your following distance. This will give you plenty of time to react should things get a little slippery or if the rain makes it a little harder to see the roads ahead.
Check Your Tires
Tires that are not properly inflated or that are worn down are more likely to hydroplane or slip around corners. Be sure to check your tire’s inflation levels (or PSI) each time you fill up for gas and replace your tires when the tread is worn too thin.
Turn Off Cruise Control
Drivers using their cruise control feature have less control of their vehicle’s speed. When things start to get a little slippery, the vehicle will not automatically slow like a driver would and it can take an extra second to hit the brakes and resume manual controls. When things are damp and rainy, it’s best to avoid cruise control entirely.
Use Your Headlights
This should go without saying, but drivers should always turn their headlights on when things get a little wet so it’s easy to be seen by other drivers, even when traveling during daylight hours.