Rounds of summer storms have been blowing across the US, making things difficult for drivers. To help daily drivers and summertime vacationers get through these difficult driving situations, Getting Paid to Driver offers tips for safe driving.
The most important thing when driving in the rain is watching out for other drivers. Most people tend to drive exactly as they would if it wasn’t raining, and unsafe acts lead to unsafe driving conditions. The first ten minutes of a rainstorm is the most dangerous to drive in, as oil and debris that hasn’t been washed away can cause cars to lose control more easily.
A great rule of thumb to always remember is if it is raining, there should be a three vehicle gap between you and another driver. That will give you ample time to maneuver and stop. If possible, avoid driving through puddles of water. Even just a couple inches of water can cause drivers to easily lose control. Also, if you go into six inches of water, that can actually reach the undercarriage of your car and can damage the electrical components. Just one to two feet of water can actually carry your car away.
If it is raining so bad you lose site of the cars in front of you or the edges of the road, it is a good indicator that you need to pull off the road. If you can’t make it to a safe place to park, get as far off on the shoulder as possible and turn your hazard lights on.
There are many things you can check before traveling through storms. Checking your tires once a month can go a long way to keeping you safe on the road during the rain. You should be just fine if you have good windshield wipers, have a clear windshield and your headlights are working properly. With these items in check you should have no problems driving in the rain.
If you are about to head out into a summer rain storm, or happen to find yourself in one it is always important to keep in mind this short list of things on your vehicle. If warning or engine lights go on, it is always best for your safety to pull over.
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