Driving Tips for Rainy Weather

So, yes, we need the rain…. Not sure we need this much at one time but at least we are not Houston.

Here are some tips for driving during the rain storms.

  1. Stay Visible.  Turn on your headlights so you can see, and be seen, more easily.
  2. Be Patient.  Give yourself a little more time to get where you are going, and give people a little more room.
  3. Expect Slippery Conditions. Rain often combines with oil and grease on the roads to create slick roadways. If you feel you are starting to hydroplane, slow down gently, and keep steering straight down the roadway.
  4. Check Your Car Before You Go.  Are your wipes and defroster working properly?  Driving is in the rain is hard enough without fogged up windows.
  5. Inspect Your Tires.  Check inflation and tread wear.  If you stick a penny into the tread and can see Lincoln’s entire head, you probably need new tires.
  6. Never Drive in Flooded Areas.  In a flood, it won’t take much water to sweep you away. Twelve inches for a smaller car can do it.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
  7. Get – Or Stay – Off the Road.  When conditions are really bad, pull over, or just stay home for a bit.
  8. And Always, Stay Off the Cell Phone.  Shut the phone off while driving, even during sunny weather.  Distracted driving is becoming a serious issue in our area.

With a little extra care, you can help keep your car on the road and your rainy day blues to a minimum even while traveling in wet conditions.  And, as always, if something does go wrong, we’re here to help guide you through it.

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