Driving in the Rain: Mistakes You Need to Avoid

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You might not think twice about driving in the rain. After all, it’s just rain. It falls from the sky all the time, and people drive through rain every day. Who cares about a bit of precipitation? Well, you should!

Today we’re looking at some of the biggest mistakes people make when driving in the rain and how they can avoid them. Remember, it’s better to run a little late and get to your destination in one piece than to get in a rush and find yourself in a car accident.

When the Rain Starts…

Believe it or not, the roads are at their most dangerous when the rainfall first starts. You might think that the roads are more treacherous when they’re slick with consistent rainfall, but this isn’t the case.

When the first drops hit the pavement, it releases dried and dormant oils and other detritus on the road. This is why you need to take caution when you see the first fat raindrops plunking off the asphalt.

Once the rain starts, keep your speed consistent and far under the speed limit. Allow impatient drivers to pass you if they insist, and keep your eyes on the road. 

Headlights and Windshield Wipers

Just because you can see just fine during a daytime rainshower, that doesn’t mean other drivers can see you. As soon as the rain starts, you need to turn on your headlights.

This goes double for drivers of white and silver cars! These paint schemes can be extremely hard to tell apart from the road during rain showers. 

Likewise, kick the speed up on your windshield wipers as soon as you’re struggling to see for any amount of time through the windshield. You need to keep the windshield clear of the rainwater as much as possible, and it’s better to have your wipers set too fast instead of too slow. 

Riding Close

If you find yourself behind another driver on the road who is driving slowly in the rain, give them some space. If you ride close to their bumper, you’re increasing the likelihood of an accident. Every driver has different preferences for how to drive in the rain.

Remember, it takes longer for your vehicle to come to a stop when roads are slick. As such, give other drivers another extra car length on top of your usual safe following distance. You’ll be glad you did when you avoid an accident in the pouring rain!