According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 700,000 auto accidents happen every year due to rain.
They result in approximately 330,000 injuries and 332 deaths, which is why it’s important to remember the following tips next time you’re behind the wheel in the rain:
- Reduce your speed as it takes longer to adjust or stop when the roads are wet.
- Use your headlights even if it’s just a drizzle. They’ll help other motorists see your vehicle.
- Don’t use cruise control when driving on wet surfaces, it can cause you to lose control.
- Stay along the middle lanes because water usually pools in the outside lanes.
- Don’t brake or turn the wheel if you hydroplane as you may cause your car to spin or skid. Instead, remove your foot from the gas and hold the wheel straight until you regain traction
- If you can’t see the ground through standing water, don’t drive through it.
- Avoid following buses or trucks too closely. Their large tires will create spray that will reduce your vision.
- Drive with both hands on the wheel in order to maximize control of your vehicle.
- Defog your windows using both the front and rear defrosters. This is important because your windshield can fog at a quick rate.
- You should check your tires on a regular basis since bald ones will greatly reduce traction on wet roads.
- Don’t forget to replace your windshield wipers. You should do this at least once a year because old ones won’t clear water from the windshield properly which will distort your view.
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