Driving in the rain can be challenging and potentially dangerous because wet roads diminish both traction (i.e., your ability to control the vehicle) as well as visibility. To help ensure you drive safely in the rain, All-Tex Insurance in Granbury, TX offers these helpful suggestions.
Safety Tips For Driving in the Rain
In addition to checking your tires, giving yourself extra time, avoiding cruise control, and staying alert/focused, consider these helpful safety tips for driving in the rain –
While it may seem obvious to most, reducing your speed when driving on wet roads is essential, as this offers two benefits – more control and an increased reaction time in the event of a hazard or danger.
Increase Following Distance
To avoid a rear-end collision, leave more room between your car and the one you are following because the wet conditions require additional braking distance.
Turn On Headlights
Visibility is crucial for any driver, but especially important when raining. Low beams are best as this enhances visibility without creating dangerous glare.
Defog Your Windows & Windshield.
Rain and the added moisture/humidity causes fogged window, further reducing visibility. Most cars have defogger/AC settings that help.
Be Cautious of Hydroplaning
When tires lose contact with the road – because of water on the pavement – it is known as hydroplaning. Avoid sudden braking/accelerating, and try to follow the tracks of the car you are following. If you hydroplane, ease off the gas, and maintain a firm grasp of the steering wheel.
If you live or work in the greater Granbury, TX area, and would like additional information regarding how to protect yourself and your vehicle, contact the insurance professionals of All-Tex Insurance.