Did you know records show that 73% of weather-related crashes occur on wet pavements and 46% occur during rainfall? Bad summer storms can make navigating roadways difficult. Here are 10 tips to help you during rainy road conditions.
- Check and replace windshield wipers frequently – While this seems like a no-brainer before a big trip, you may not be in the habit of checking these while driving locally.
- Maintain good tire depth and inflation – Having well-functioning tires is essential for providing road grip during rainy weather and preventing hydroplaning.
- Apply a windshield repellent – Applying a windshield repellent, such as Rain X, helps keep your windows and mirrors clear during rainfall.
- Slow down – Be sure to slow down, especially on unfamiliar roads and in construction zones. Rain means lower visibility and the only way to alleviate issues from low visibility is to slow down.
- Slow down at night – The combination of darkness and headlights reflecting off of wet pavement makes visibility even more difficult. Slow down.
- Increase following distance – Try staying at least 5 seconds behind the person in front of you. This should give you enough time to slow down in wet conditions.
- Watch out for debris on the road – Heavy rains can wash all kinds of mud, rocks, and debris onto the roadways. Keep a close eye for deep holes in the roadway or other signs of danger.
- Be wary of water depth – Sudden heavy rains can result in flash flooding. Be extremely cautious of standing or flowing water which can hide holes and leave you vulnerable to damage or loss of your vehicle and injury.
- Prepare for hydroplaning – If you find yourself hydroplaning, turn in the direction of the skid, not the opposite direction.
- Turn your lights on – This not only helps you see better in front of you, it also helps other drivers see you in front and behind.
Remembering these tips will help you stay safe during those summer storms. Tips provided by EMC Insurance.