DRIVING IN RAINY WEATHER
Car check tips
Driving safely starts in the garage. Make sure that your car is in tiptop shape before hitting those slippery roads.
- Tires. Maintain the proper tire pressure. Worn-out tires should be replaced to maintain proper tread depth. The tread helps remove water away from the tire and produces traction. When the car’s tires can not shove away the water building up in front of it, hydroplaning occurs which makes the car ride on top of the water.
- Wipers. Check if the wipers are working properly. To drive safely, you have to see clearly, especially in the rain.
- Brakes. Test the brakes before hitting the road. After driving on flooded roads, dry off the water on the rotors to make sure that the brakes will work properly.
• Increase your stopping/following distance to have enough time to hit the brakes in case the car ahead of you suddenly stops.
• Reduce speed when it is raining and be more alert. Watch out for standing and running water. The roads are more slippery during the rain following a dry spell because of oil and dirt buildup that has not been washed away.
• Turn on the headlights when visibility becomes poor. If the rain gets stronger to the point that you cannot see the car or road ahead of you, stop at the side of the road and wait for the rain to subside.