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How to Drive Safely in the Rain This Spring
Posted on 04/27/2017 by Wyn Partington | 0 Comments
While the prospect of warmer weather may be nice, spring also brings with it lots of rain, which isn’t so nice for those that spend their days on the road. Conditions such as wet pavement, impaired visibility and flooding can increase risk of harm to drivers and their vehicles.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, rain is responsible for 10% of all vehicular accidents and 46% of weather-related crashes. Therefore, it’s important to continually educate your drivers on how to avoid accidents during inclement weather. Here are five tips to help them stay safe this spring:
1.Turn on the lights - It’s important to always turn on your headlights in the rain, even if it’s just sprinkling. This will ensure that you see the road clearly and everyone else on the road can see you clearly. However, less is more, don’t be tempted to turn on your high beams, as it will cause glaring, reducing your visibility in the rain.
2.Stay Centered - Rain water tends to collect in puddles on the side of the road. Avoid deep standing water that can cause a loss of steering or braking control by staying near the middle lanes.
3.Slow down - Most pros know that you should drive slowly in the rain, but some like to throw caution to the wind when they are in a hurry to get from point A to point B. It’s especially important to proceed with caution after a drought because engine oil and grease build up over time, then mix with rain, causing the roads to become extremely slick and hazardous.
4.Brake gently - If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, whatever you do, don’t slam on the brakes! Gain control of your vehicle by gripping the steering wheel firmly and releasing the gas pedal. If you must use your brakes, tap the pedal lightly, otherwise it may send your vehicle spinning out of control, endangering yourself and others.
5.Maintain control - While cruise control is a nifty tool for driving long distances, it’s best not to use it in the rain. It can slow your reaction time while braking and accelerating, and unfortunately, an accident can happen in the blink of an eye. Braking on wet roads demands your full attention, so just say no to cruise control.
Operating a vehicle in the rain can be risky business, even for the most experienced drivers. By using these five tips, you're more likely to stay safe on the road this spring.
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