Although they do us the favour of bringing May Flowers, April showers can have an unfortunate influence on our driving capabilities. Collisions can be far more common under these rainy conditions, so it’s imperative that you, as a driver, are prepared in case you come in contact with heavy rain while you’re on the road.
Here are some of the best strategies to drive effectively during April showers:
“In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle. Follow these tips to help you stay safe while driving in heavy rain.
Take your time
Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Also remember that one of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on roadway make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.
Turn your lights on
Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you. Many states require the use of headlights during rain, even in broad daylight.
Give other vehicles more space
Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.”
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