Driving in any type of severe weather can significantly increase the potential for a dangerous situation for you and other drivers.
Check out our tips on how to stay safe if you get stuck in heavy rain.
Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain
Driving in heavy rain can be challenging. To help you stay safe, follow these tips below on how to drive safely should you get caught in heavy rain.
Stay alert and focused on what's going on around you. Severe weather demands your undivided attention, so be sure to reduce any possible distractions by turning the radio down and turning off your phone.
Turn Your Lights On
Turn your headlights on to make it easier for other vehicles to see you.
Give Other Vehicles More Space
Leave extra room between you and the vehicle ahead of you, double the normal amount is a good rule of thumb. This will give you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.
Speed limit signs are designed for ideal conditions, which is not the environment you're driving in when it's raining. Slow down and allow more time to get to your destination.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
Cruise control can cause you to lose control. If you hydroplane while you're in cruise control, your car will go faster.
Don’t Drive on Dirt and Gravel Roads
Do not drive off-road and avoid dirt or gravel roads during heavy rain. These roads can quickly become too soft for many vehicles and leave you trapped.
Stay Clear of Large Vehicles
If possible avoid driving close to large or fast-moving vehicles. They can create spray which can reduce your visibility.
Avoid Driving in Heavy Rain if Possible
Consider if your drive can be delayed until after the rain has subsided. If not, try to avoid areas that are prone to flooding.
What Happens If You Start Hydroplaning?
Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions. This can cause a vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and can lead to losing control of your vehicle.
Do not use your brakes if your vehicle starts to hydroplane. Instead, take your foot off the gas pedal, and look and steer where you want the vehicle to go until it regains contact with the road.
The next time you find yourself caught in heavy rains, keep these tips in mind. Drive safe and help keep our roads safe.