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8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

April showers may bring May flowers, but that doesn’t mean that the rain stops there. Summer is full of afternoon rain and unpredictable thunderstorms, so it’s important that you and your automobile are prepared to handle the season’s precipitation of choice.

Driving on slick roads can be tricky, so it’s important that you use extra caution. Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe while driving in the rain.

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8 Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

1. Increase your following distance. The California DMV Driving Handbook recommends a normal following distance of 3 seconds, which is the amount of time between when the car in front of your passes a certain point and your car passes that same point. When it’s raining outside, the DMV recommends that you increase this following distance to 4 seconds or more to give yourself plenty of time to react if the car in front of your should swerve or slam on their brakes.

2. Turn on your headlights. Not only is this the law in California to turn on your headlights when it’s raining outside, it will help your visibility and help others see you better.

3. Don’t use cruise control. Using cruise control in the rain is dangerous, because if your car should hydroplane your cruise control will automatically speed up to maintain speed. This can cause you to get in a bad accident.

4. Don’t brake if you start hydroplaning. Your car will hydroplane when a layer of water comes between your tires and the road, so they can’t get good traction. This can cause your car to slip and skid, and slamming on your brakes could cause your car to spin out or lose control. Instead, slowly let of your accelerator and keep your steering wheel straight until you regain traction with the road.

5. Avoid puddles on the side of the road. You never know how deep these puddles are, and you could end up stuck. Stay towards the middle of the road if you can.

6. Be extra careful if it hasn’t rained in a while. The road is the slipperiest right when it starts raining because the rain lubricates the motor oil and grease on the road. The longer it has been since the last rainfall, the more slippery substances will be settled on the road, which can be dangerous when it does rain again.

7. Give yourself more time to brake. Start slowing you car down sooner than you usually do so you can brake more gradually and ensure that your vehicle can come to a complete stop.

8. If it’s raining too hard to see, pull over. If you are ever uncomfortable with the driving conditions, pull over in a safe area and wait out the storm. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.

Make sure to keep these eight tips in mind the next time you are out driving in the rain. Of course it’s important that your vehicle is up-to-date with its maintenance services as well to ensure your safety on the road. Proper tire tread and working windshield wipers are vital to take on any summer storm. If you need help with any of these car maintenance or auto repair services in Culver City, CA, the expert mechanics at Modesti’s Car Care Center are always happy to help!


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