Tips to Drive in the Rain

rainTips to Drive in the Rain from Roberts Subaru.

Driving in the rain can be a risky endeavor, so you must be careful, keep your eyes on the road, and follow all rules, to prevent any fatalities. Here are some helpful tips so you can drive safely in bad weather:

Driving in difficult conditions means relying more heavily on your car’s equipment, including tires, wipers, and lights. Check your tires once a month to ensure the tread depth is adequate and that they are properly inflated per your owners’ manual.

It is a good practice to turn on your headlights when driving in the rain as it enhances your visibility, but more importantly it makes your car easier to be seen by other drivers. 

Cars react slower in the rain as the tires have reduced grip. It will take longer to stop and the car can’t go as fast through a turn and maintain a healthy grip level. Just keep in mind that emergency maneuvers take longer to execute in the rain.

Aquaplaning occurs when water separates your tires from the road. The worst cases of aquaplaning can be likened to driving on ice where there is very little grip. Don’t drive through deep puddles of water and avoid situations where you need to drive through standing water at a high rate of speed.

Given that it takes longer to stop and visibility is decreased, maintaining a larger gap between you and the car ahead is a must. 

Given a lack of grip, there is a higher probability that the car might skid at some point when driving in the rain. The easiest way to recover from a skid is to look in the direction you want to go and steer the car in that direction.

Utilize your hazard and turn signals so that other drivers on the road know about it – it is easier for them to brake.

If you know that you are going to be driving in rainy weather, be sure to prepare your vehicle for the drive. Use a rain-repellent on your windshield, as it helps to remove the droplets and splashes your view. You should also be sure to keep your windshield wiper fluid full, as this can help you to clear any dirt that may come from the wet road conditions.

Don’t take any chances or try to show off your driving skills in bad weather –safety is the top priority as always!

Are you or anyone in your family looking for a new, or used car head on over to Roberts Subaru.  Not only do they have a great selection of vehicles they will make sure they help you in every way they can.

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