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3 Rainy Weather Driving Tips to Remember

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2017 | Auto Safety

Georgia has been pelted with heavy rain and intense gusts of wind from several hurricanes in recent months. These hurricanes brought immense damages to property and caused many accidents on the road. If you have been injured in a car accident, we want to help.

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Consider the following driving tips to ensure safety on the road when driving in heavy wind and rain:

Slow Down

Did you know that your car can hydroplane at 35 mph? It only takes 1.5 inches of water on the road for your tires to lose traction. When it is raining heavily, be sure to slow down and leave plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you. If hydroplaning occurs, take your foot off the break and keep your hands on the wheel. Slamming on the brakes will not help.

Avoid Cruise Control

Cruise control allows the car to maintain a set speed. However, with rainy conditions, it’s very likely that you will have to alternate your speed in response to other drivers. Make sure cruise control is disabled so that you have full control over the speed of the car.

Turn on Your Lights

Even if it’s daytime, it’s important to turn on your car’s headlights. If the rain is heavy enough, it will be extremely difficult to see through. Turning on your lights will help other cars see you, especially if you’re driving a light-colored vehicle. Additionally, make sure your windshield wipers are on at an appropriate speed.

These driving tips are important to remember while driving in the rain. However, take proactive measures before the rain comes to ensure safety! Consider the following pre-driving tips:

  • Check tire pressure & tread depth
  • Clean headlights & taillights
  • Keep a spare tire in your vehicle
  • Replace windshield wiper inserts

We hope you never experience a car accident! If you do, contact us immediately.