Being prepared and taking it slow can help you feel more secure on the road. Start by following these driving tips from the editors at Edmunds.com; they will help you get to your destination safely--and with your nerves intact.
Before You Go
- Allow more travel time.
- Make sure your car is in good condition, including the tires and windshield wipers.
- Consider safety features such as stability control, traction control and all-wheel drive
- Keep an emergency kit in the car at all times. For more information, see How to Create Your Own Emergency Roadside Kit.
On The Road
- Turn on your headlights; a good rule to follow to turn on your lights whenever you use your wipers.
- Remember that wet roads are more slippery, so leave extra space between you and other cars.
- If possible, stay in the middle lane. According to the Edmonds.com editors, most American roads are higher in the middle, so there's a greater chance of water runoff and standing water in the side lanes.
- Try to avoid pools of standing water; they could be hiding holes in the pavement.
- Do not try to cross running water.
- After driving through a puddle, tap your brake pedal to help dry your brake rotors.
- Look out for pedestrians.
These are just a few driving tips to increase your safety and security while driving in rainy weather.
For more more detailed information and more driving tips, see Tips and Techniques for Driving in Rain, from the editors of Edmunds.com.