dangerous. The most importantthing for drivers to remember is to SLOW DOWN!
In rainy conditions pedestrians, livestock, andwildlife are extremely hard to spot and even harderto avoid. It takes longer to stop or adjust speed in wetweather.
The following are tips for safe driving in the rain.
Before it starts to rain, replace old or brittle wiperblades.
Stay toward the middle lanes — water tends to pool inoutside lanes.
Maintain proper following distance (3 second rule).This needs to be increased in wet weather.
Drive in the tracks of a vehicle ahead of you.
Don’t follow large trucks or busses too closely,because the spray created by their large tires canreduce vision.
Be more alert watching for brake lights in front ofyou.
Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your footoff the accelerator to slow down.
Turn your headlights on in a light rain and in gloomy,foggy, or overcast conditions to help you see the roadand help other drivers see you.
Avoid off-road driving; it’s hard to judge the actualdepth of puddles and standing water where you caneasily become stuck.
Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. The glareof oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on thewindshield, can cause temporary loss of visibilitywhile substantially increasing driver fatigue.
Never drive through moving water if you can’t see theground through it; your vehicle could be swept off theroad.
Avoid driving through deep water, because it cancause serious damage to a modern vehicle’s electricalsystem.
If possible, stay off the road during heavythunderstorms. Large flashes of lightning cantemporarily blind and disorient drivers, and theaccompanying high winds and heavy rain can create deadly driving conditions.
When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hardor lock the wheels and risk a skid. Maintain mildpressure on the brake pedal.
Watch the contours not only of the road, but also thefences, trees, hedges, and buildings at the side of theroad ahead. If they appear to be unnaturally low, slowdown at once, because the road is probably flooded.
Watch out for places where floodwater collects,particularly low-lying roads adjacent to streams, anddips under rail or highway bridges.
Hydroplaning happens when the water in front of thetires builds up faster than the vehicle’s weight can pushout of the way. The water pressure causes the vehicle torise up and slide in a thin layer of water between the tiresand the road. At this point, the vehicle can be completelyout of contact with the road, and in danger of skidding ordrifting out of the lane.
If you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding:
do not brake or turn suddenly;
ease your foot off the gas until the vehicle slows andyou can feel traction on the road again;
Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid.
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