Rain Rain Rain, be careful!

May 1st, 2012 in Car Safety

Driving in the rain

Wow, so on a rainy day like this, driving can be incredibly dangerous. I have already seen two crashes on my way to work! A poor woman was standing out in the pouring rain trying to take down all the details of the other driver. Glad that wasn’t me!

Here are some of my tips on how to stay safe whilst driving in the pouring rain:

  • Firstly drive slowly! It takes a lot longer to stop and adjust in wet weather, I know us girls can sometimes get distracted whilst driving. We can't help it if we occasionally need to check what we look like in the mirror or change the music so we can sing along to a better song. But in the rain, we can't be doing those things; we need to concentrate on driving slowly so that we don't have an accident.
  • When you are driving on the motorway, it is a good idea to stay towards the middle lanes as usually all the water from the rain tends to clump together in a bit of a flood on the outside lanes.
  • It is always important to maintain the proper following distance, the 3 second rule. If you keep the right distance in between cars you will be safer if you need to brake suddenly.
  • Turn your headlights on even if it's light rain, or if it is foggy and gloomy. They help you see the road better and see other drivers. Once I was driving in the fog and a driver didn't have their lights on and I nearly witnessed a really bad crash when another car pulled out without being able to see the other car.
  • Avoid using your breaks, if you need to slow down and you have a good distance between the car in front of you, just take your foot off the accelerator.
  • Never drive through moving water, if you can't see the ground don't drive through it as your car could get swept off the road.
  • Go slowly through puddles, it may be fun to cause a splash but it can cause damage to the electrical systems in your car.
  • Avoid splashing pedestrians, did you know that it is actually illegal?

So those are a few of my tips on staying safe whilst driving in the rain, it is worth it in the long run. You don’t want to be that poor woman standing on the side of the road dripping wet having to take down some driver details, do you?