As fall approaches, get ready for storms and showers. It might feel like a normal and harmless occurrence, but did you know that rain is the most deadly weather-related driving hazard? It is true. Slick roads and impaired visibility can easily lead to car collisions.
Rain on the road might not be as intimidating as snow and ice, but you should still be cautious and adjust your driving when it is wet outside. Here are important safety tips to follow.
1. Reduce your speed
Do not make the mistake of driving the same speed as usual on wet roads. The precipitation can cause your tires to lose traction, making it more likely for your tires to slide on the road rather than grip it. Try driving 10 miles per hour slower than you normally would.
2. Keep your distance
Because of this loss of traction, you also need to keep more space between you and the cars in front of you. More distance is necessary to give you enough time to brake. Try to stay around five seconds behind the car in front of you when it is raining.
3. Use your lights wisely
Always turn on your headlights, especially if it is raining enough for you to use your windshield wipers. Do not simply rely on your automatic running lights. When you turn your headlights on, your taillights will come on too, helping other drivers see you. Avoid the temptation to use your brights, though, as they will only reflect off of wet surfaces and fog.
Rain requires adjustments if you want to be as safe as possible. Other drivers may want to drive as fast as they can, but you can make the road safer by following these tips no matter what other motorists are doing. A little caution can help you reduce your chances of getting into an accident.