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Wet roads may lead to more accidents if drivers aren’t taking the proper precautions when driving in the rain. Drivers may need to change their driving style when driving in heavy rain to keep themselves and other drivers safe on the roadway.
Maintaining Your Car:
- Make sure your windshield wiper is working properly. Experts say that windshield wipers should be replaced every six months to a year. If you notice a change in your visibility, you may want to consider changing your windshield wipers.
- Check your tire tread. Maintaining proper inflation and tread is an important part of maintaining good traction when driving in heavy rain. Make sure your tire pressure inappropriate for each tire. If you are in need of tires, be sure to get them replaced and aligned as soon as possible.
Safe Driving Tips: Heavy Rain
- Slow Down. Fast driving may lead to hydroplaning in the rain. Be sure to drive slow to avoid hydroplaning. If you know it is is raining, try to leave a little earlier than usual to accommodate traffic.
- Keep A Safe Driving Distance. Keep at least 5 seconds between you and the car in front of you.
- Learn How To Respond To Skidding. Let off the brake and steer in the direction you want to go Skidding is common in heavy rain, but learning how to skid properly can help avoid an accident.
- Turn Off Cruise Control. Cruise controls allow your car to go at a steady pace. If you hydroplane on cruise control, your car will adapt to the speed your car is hydroplaning on.
- Keep your headlights on. Drivers have limited visibility in heavy rain. Keeping your headlights on allows for your car to stay visible to other drivers.