Driving Safely In Rain
#Hurricanseason is in full swing and produces heavy rains much of the time. The rain can significantly impact your safety on the road. What to do when you get caught in wet weather?
Slow down. Whenever you are facing adverse weather conditions, slowing down will lower your risk of losing control, especially if water is particularly high. Whenever you drive through a puddle, tap brakes gently a few times to make sure they are still working properly.
Turn on the lights. Rain will certainly lower visibility. Make it easier for others to see you on the road.
Give people more room. Wet roads will not let you stop as quickly as usual. Keep two to three times the stopping distance normally required.
Expect things to be slick, especially when it rains after a while. When a fresh rain mixes with engine oil and grease on the road, it produces exceptionally slippery surfaces.
Keep wipers and tires in good condition. Replace the blades regularly and check your defroster. Tires play a crucial role to ensure adequate safety on the road. Reminder: A traditional penny test with Lincoln’s head is always a good indicator if you need to change your tires!
Stay off the road when it floods. Just 12 inches of rushing water can carry away a small car. Pull over to a safe place if you notice huge water.
Finally, don’t be caught with inadequate insurance coverage. Wet conditions mean that accidents are more likely. Make sure you have the right protection this fall season!
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