Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain Storms

The next time you get stuck driving in a storm, here are some easy to follow tips that'll help you navigate rainy roadways.

Although it's generally best to stay off the road in inclement weather, realistically it's not always possible to do so. Rainstorms create poor visibility and increase your risk for hydroplaning, which occurs when you lose control of your vehicle on a wet road. These tips can help you drive safely when heavy rain is forecasted and you can't change your plans.

What are Some Tips for Driving in Rain?

       
  • Slow down. Reducing your speed can prevent hydroplaning, which occurs when your tires are traveling across water rather than gripping the surface of the road. This is a particular danger right after it starts to rain, before slippery oil has been washed away from the roadways. Don't use cruise control when conditions are bad, as this can increase your risk for losing control of the vehicle. Don't drive on a road if it's covered with more than three inches of water.

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  • Turn on your headlights. In most states, drivers are required to abide by a a "wipers on, lights on" law. Having your headlights on allows you to be seen by other drivers even when visibility is poor. Don't use your high beams, which can cause reflections that blind you and other drivers.

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  • Increase your following distance from other vehicles. Generally, if you're traveling 40 miles per hour, you should be at least four seconds behind the car in front of you. Make it at least six seconds when you're driving in the rain. This gives you the time to stop safely even if the roads are slick.

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  • Keep your car clean and maintained so you're prepared for a storm. Clean windows and windshields inside and out to optimize your visibility. Make sure wiper blades are replaced when necessary and fill windshield wash fluid as needed. Periodically, make sure all your headlights, taillights, and turn signals are in good working condition. Replace your tires when the tread is worn.

If your Ford needs service to prepare for fall and winter weather, visit us at Joe Myers Ford today. Our team of professionals are ready to provide you with outstanding customer care.

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