Rain happens, and our lives don’t stop or slow down because of it. We still have to drive to work, drive to school, pick up the kids from daycare, run to the grocery store or grab that coffee with an out-of-town friend. Driving in the rain can be nerve wracking though, and especially in older cars, it can be dangerous. Since we can’t schedule it to rain only when we want it to and we can’t give you a brand new weather-ready vehicle, the team at Steve Landers Collision & Glass decided to come up with a list of tips for safely driving in the rain.
- Drive slowly. It might seem like you need to keep up with the car in front of you that doesn’t seem to have a care in the world, but let’s just shut that down right now. You might think you’re annoying other drivers by taking it slow, but your safety is much more important. Water on the road makes it harder to stop, and much easier to hydroplane when you’re turning. Give yourself plenty of time for stops and turns, don’t rush it!
- Leave early. If you have to be at work and you know it’s raining outside, it’s a good idea to leave a bit earlier than you normally would. When you’re rushing to get somewhere on time, accidents are a lot more likely to happen. It’s never good to be in a hurried or panicked state of mind when you need to be focusing on safety. So plan ahead!
- Eliminate distractions. Hopefully you already know that multitasking while driving is a bad idea. You should never text, apply makeup or dig through your bag while you’re on the go. We know not everyone abides by these rules of the road, but please hear us out on this one. When the road is wet, your chances of crashing as a result of texting or people watching while driving go up significantly. Even if it’s a risk you normally take (which is still a no-no!), at least say “no” to distractions when it’s raining. It’s not worth it.
- Use your headlights. Regardless of the time of day, you should always turn your headlights on in rainy weather. Even if it doesn’t seem to improve your vision all that much, it can alert oncoming traffic of your presence when they might not have otherwise seen you. Keep it on the low beams, though—your brights can actually make visibility worse when it’s raining.
- Leave room between cars. We already mentioned how it takes longer to stop on wet roads, and this is just a good follow-up to that. You should leave plenty of room between your car and the one in front of you. In the event that you need to stop unexpectedly, this will help you avoid a fender-bender situation, or worse.
- Keep to the center. When you can, try to drive toward the center of the road. If you’re on a three-lane highway, sticking to the middle lane can keep you from hitting deep water puddles that collect on the outer lanes. Even if you don’t notice much standing water, large pools can sneak up on you unexpectedly; and that can be bad news for you and your vehicle.
Stay safe out there folks, and remember these tips when the rain comes! If you do find yourself running off the road or colliding with another vehicle, stay calm and get to a safe place before calling the police. When you need help to get your vehicle back in tip-top shape, come to Steve Landers Collision & Glass in Little Rock, Arkansas. We’ll get you back on the road in no time!