Tips for Driving in the Rain

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Get your Car Ready for the Rain at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM!

It can be challenging to drive in the rain, whether it be a sprinkle or a heavy downpour. Unfortunately, it’s becoming far too frequent that rainy conditions are contributing to accidents on the road, and no matter what part of Michigan you live in, you will be dealing with driving in the rain at some point. Knowing how the wet roads and reduced visibility affect your vehicle’s handling will allow you to drive safely in rainy conditions. Below you will find some tips for driving in the rain, but before heading out into those rainy conditions, ensure your vehicle is up to par by heading down to Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM!

Wait Until the Weather Improves

While this might not always be a viable option, if it’s possible and you don’t feel comfortable driving in the rain, then you should postpone your commute or trip until the weather improves. There is no need to put yourself in danger in bad conditions if it’s not necessary. If you do need to venture out in the rain, you need to make sure that you’re car is in working order so that you can stay safe. Have our experts here at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM check your headlights, tail lights, and windshield wipers to ensure they are functioning properly. We will also check your vehicle’s tires, as bald tires reduce traction on wet roadways.

Slow Down and Turn on your Headlights

You should always adhere to the posted speed limit as you drive no matter the conditions, but when it’s raining, you should drive considerably slower than you usually would. The roads when it’s raining can be hazardous, and your vehicle’s reaction time is going to be much slower when it’s raining. Reduced speed is imperative when it’s raining. In addition, most states will require drivers to turn on their headlights when it’s raining. Even if it’s only a mist, turning on your headlights will increase your visibility and the other driver’s ability to see you on the road.

Turn on your WIndshield Wipers

Now, this might seem common sense, but drivers out there forget to turn on their windshield wipers in a light rain. The vast majority of newer vehicles will automatically adjust the speed of your wipers to clear moisture from your glass, whether it be a light mist or a complete downpour. Several products are available that can be sprayed or wiped onto the glass and can defer rainwater collection.

Keep your Distance

When it’s raining, you should keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Getting your vehicle to come to a complete stop will be more difficult in the rain. You should maintain a distance of several car lengths between your vehicle and others so that you and they will remain safe. In addition, try slowing your vehicle by taking your foot off the accelerator earlier than you usually would in preparation for your vehicle to come to a complete stop. Never use cruise control so your attention can be paid entirely to the gas and brake.

Watch out for Standing Water

Going through standing water can cause hydroplaning to occur. That is when you lose traction and skid right across the road surface. To avoid doing that, try driving around places where a lot of water has been collected by changing lanes or steering safely around these problem areas. In addition, seeing how hydroplaning is the most common cause of accidents in the rain as drivers lose control, take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction where the front of the car needs to go. Never make sudden turns or slam on your brakes.

Keep up with Maintenance at Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM

Once again, if you want to get your vehicle ready for the rain, then be sure to head down to Pinckney Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM and make an appointment with our highly skilled technicians! Our team will review every inch of your vehicle to ensure it’s in good working order, whether that means changing your oil, rotating your tires, or topping off your fluids. We look forward to working on your vehicle, and you can make an appointment in person at our dealership or fill out an appointment form here on our website!