No matter where you live in the country, you will have experienced rain and you may have even gotten stuck driving in it. For many of us, that isn’t a problem. Our vehicles are designed with dependable braking systems, our steering and suspension systems keep us on the road and our tires have been formulated to provide the highest amount of grip. Still, for some, driving in the rain can be stressful. They often get the feeling that they could lose control at any moment and drive off the road.
If you are one of those drivers who are concerned about driving in the rain, we have put together some helpful tips that will ease your anxiety and give you the confidence you need in any weather.
1. Drive in the Center Lane
Most roads are designed to let water flow towards either side. This leaves the middle lane with much less water making it safer to drive in. If it does start to rain and you begin seeing standing water on the road, move to the middle lane and stay there until you have to exit the road or make a turn.
If the standing water is deep, it is best to avoid it altogether as it only takes around 5 inches or water to reach the bottom of most cars and minivans. This water could cause you to hydroplane, it could cause your brakes to become less effective and, any deeper, it could cause your car to stall out.
2. Check Your Tires
Your tires are the only thing between you and the road and you want to ensure that they are properly inflated and in good shape. If your tires are low on tread, you could find yourself in an accident when it rains.
3. Drive Slower
Even though this one seems like common sense, many people forget to slow down when it rains because they are often late for work or in a hurry. Be cautious and drive slow and make sure you have plenty of time and space to react to the traffic in front of you.