Rain, rain, go away!

May 19, 2010

In light of today’s horrible rainy, stormy weather, we thought it would be appropriate to pass along some tips for driving safely in the rain. After all, we’re all about cars here at Car Country, right?

First, if you can, stay home! (Although if it’s a workday, your boss probably won’t look kindly on you calling in ‘rain’.) Driving in the rain, especially torrential rain like we’ve been having, is incredibly dangerous. It only takes a few inches of water to wash your car right off the road. If you’re trying to drive into a puddle, go slowly. If the water is more than a few inches high, turn around and find another route. Not only is it hazardous, but water can cause major damage to your car’s electrical system. Plus, bright lightning can temporarily blind drivers, which is never a good thing.

Never drive at a high rate of speed when roads are wet and slick.  Slippery terrain makes it more difficult to stop, no matter how awesome your brakes are. Try to use brakes as little as possible, and slow down by letting off the accelerator. Hydroplaning is a very real threat when driving on slick streets, so it’s important to go slowly and be careful. Don’t follow anyone too closely, either.

Water tends to puddle in the outer lanes, so try to drive in the middle lane, if possible. When driving next to large vehicles, like big rigs or buses, keep your distance. They tend to spray a LOT, and the sheets of water splashing across your windshield will reduce your visibility to zero.

Make sure to keep your headlights on at all times! This is the only way to guarantee that other drivers can see you during times of low visibility. This is especially important if you drive a light-colored vehicle, like white or silver.

Lastly, always keep up on your car’s maintenance. Make sure you always have windshield wipers in good working order, and your brakes and tires are always in good condition. Stay safe out there! And remember, you can always call in ‘rain’!

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