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Top Tips For Driving in Heavy Rain

Top Tips For Driving in Heavy Rain

Everyone has to drive in the rain at some point, which can be a nail-biting experience. Slippery roads, reduced visibility, heavy showers, and hydroplaning require you to always be cautious when facing heavy rain. In this driver’s guide, we’ll delve deeper into the best tips you should remember when driving during heavy rainfall. 

 

 

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Always Switch On the Headlights and Wipers

 

You should always ensure that your wipers and headlights work properly. Wipers should not be brittle to ensure they efficiently wipe off rain. Always switch on your wipers and headlights when you drive during rainy conditions. 

 

Not only is it for your safety, but also for the safety of other drivers on the road. Ensure that you switch the speed of your wipers to the appropriate speed. If the rain becomes too heavy, we suggest you find a safe location, pull over, and wait until the rain subsides. If you must continue your journey, it’s best to switch on your hazards to let other drivers know of your position. 

 

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Decrease Speed and Increase the Following Distance

 

Roads become slippery when water comes into contact with it. It’s highly recommended to decrease your speed and increase your following distance. In this case, it’s also best to avoid cruise control. These three tips will increase your reaction time in the event of a hydroplane or when you encounter any hazards on the road. 

 

Try to Avoid Hydroplaning and Flooded Areas

 

Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water (such as a puddle) causes the tires to lose traction with the underlying road. These slippery conditions can be detrimental. However, should you come across one, gently remove your foot from the gas pedal and glide over the water. Once you've regained traction on the road, gently place pressure on the gas pedal again. 

 

Never step on the pedal, as this could result in losing control (especially when driving a rear-wheel-drive vehicle). You can try to avoid these situations by trying to drive in the vehicle's tire tracks ahead. 

 

This said, never attempt to cross low-flooded bridges or roads (no matter how sturdy you think your SUV may be), as you risk getting swept away in the current. Lastly, keep a close ear to weather and traffic reports of any hazards that may have been caused by heavy rain and try to drive an alternative route to your destination.

 

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Get Your Vehicle Ready For the Rainy Season!

 

At Bennett Dunlop Ford, we have the best consultants with advanced knowledge in driver’s safety. We’ll ensure that your vehicle gets everything it needs for you and your family to remain safe on the roads this year!

 

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