Driving Safe on Rainy Days

As the weather changes many areas begin to see an increase in severe weather incidents. Many of these locations experience hail and rain mixed as the weather begins to change from cool to warm or vice versa. Hail is sometimes as large as a softball; if not larger. Hail can cause damage and may require hail repair services to fix. Rain is also a major hazard when driving in severe weather. Here are some things to think about when driving in severe weather.


Plan Ahead

Many problems that happen when people drive in bad weather can be prevented before the storm hits. The thing about severe weather is it is predictably unpredictable. It is critical to plan to be prepared for anything. One thing you can do to plan is to make sure that the wiper blades are in good condition. The wiper blades ensure you have the best visibility possible when you are driving and without them, safety is compromised. Wiper blades should be changed every six to twelve months or when you notice they are not working properly. You should also make sure that you have good tires on your car. Make sure the treads on your tire are good so that you do not slide. This also helps you keep control of your vehicle. When planning makes sure that you get an emergency kit to put in your vehicle. This kit should include ice scrapers, blankets, shovel, flashlight, and road flares. Anything useful if something goes wrong should be kept in the kit.


Increase Safety

Driving in severe weather is difficult for everyone. It increases stress in drivers. It can be tempting to hit the acceleration so that you can get out of the storm quicker. If you drive faster during a storm, you are putting yourself at risk. You will be safer if you slow down and drive slower. Some locations require, by law, that you slow down when driving in the rain. It is recommended that speed is decreased by a third when you are driving in wet conditions. Safe driving is critical in preventing accidents. It is also recommended that there is a minimum six seconds between you and the driver’s ahead of you when driving so you have time to carefully stop when needed.


Stay in Control

The best way to handle driving in severe weather is not to do it if you can prevent it. If you cannot there are other things that you can do to make sure that you are safe. One of the biggest is to be educated on the safety features of your vehicle and how it is designed to handle severe weather. Anti-lock brakes are included in new model vehicles. It is important to educate yourself on how these works and learn how your vehicle will handle when you are facing undesirable circumstances on the road. Make sure to look over the owner’s manual and educate yourself on the safety features of your vehicle and how they work.

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