April showers bring—driving challenges. Slick pavement, smeary windshields, and uncertain road conditions left by winter’s wrath can make driving in the rain less enjoyable than singing in the rain. Here are a few tips for safe driving when it rains on your parade. Before driving in the rain, prepare your car. Spring is a good time to:
- Test all lights (headlights, taillights, backup lights, turn signals, parking lights, and brake lights)
- Replace windshield wiper blades
- Check each tire’s tread and pressure, including the spare
- Ensure the defrost works
- Pack an umbrella and rain gear in your vehicle
- Consider applying a rain repellent product to your windows
While driving in the rain:
- Slow down and leave more space between your vehicle and the car ahead of you. This allows more time for your vehicle to stop and helps it maintain greater traction with the road.
- Drive with your vehicle's headlights on. This will increase your visibility and may also be required by law when windshield wipers are in use.
- Watch for potholes and standing water and avoid when possible.
- Be cautious of animals, cyclists, and pedestrians.
- Follow the tracks from the car in front of you.
- Refrain from using cruise control. Precipitation may affect the sensors and reduce its dependability.
- Utilize vehicle technology features such as traction control, anti-lock brake systems, electronic stability control, anti-skid control, and lane-keeping assist.
- Beware of hydroplaning—when tires lose contact with the pavement and ride on a layer of water. If the steering suddenly feels lighter in your hands, slowly let off the accelerator and steer straight until you regain control.
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