Tips for Driving In the Rain

Driving in the rain is very different from driving in fair weather. When the road is wet, your tyres lose their grip on the road and your perception is dramatically reduced - it is harder to see other vehicles, road signs and the road itself.
Some basic tips for safer driving in the rain are
  • Give yourself more travel time. This will allow you to drive at a slower, safe pace and cope with the probability of heavy traffic.
  • Turn on your headlights – even in light rain – to help you see, and be seen.
  • Turn on your front and rear defoggers to keep your windows clear.
  • It takes longer to stop in the wet, so increase your crash avoidance space and drive at a slower pace than you normally would.
  • Brake earlier and less forcefully, than you normally would. This increases the stopping distance between you and the car in front, and signals to the driver behind that you’re slowing down.
  • Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians – ordinarily attentive people may become distracted by opening an umbrella or rushing to get out of the wet, and they may find it harder to hear your approach over the sound of the rain.
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