Tips for driving in the rain

December 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm Leave a comment


Getting from here to there at the holidays holds its own danger, with stressed out drivers rushing from here to there it’s common to experience moments of road rage either on the giving or receiving end. Add to that the massive amount of rainfall we’ve received in Southern California of late and you have a recipe for disaster. So what can you do to keep yourself and others safe while driving in wet conditions? Try the following tips from Edmunds.com. For the full article follow the link at the bottom of this page.

1) Exercise extreme caution after a long dry spell. During a dry period, engine oil and grease build up on the road over time. When mixed with water from a new rainfall, the road becomes extremely slick. Continued rainfall will eventually wash away the oil, but the first few hours can be the most dangerous.

2) Allow for more travel time. You should plan to drive at a slower pace than normal when the roads are wet. Keep in mind that traffic is likely to be moving slower as well. There’s also the possibility that your preplanned route may be flooded or jammed. Whatever the case, rushing equals higher risk.

3) Brake earlier and with less force than you would normally. Not only does this increase the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you, it also lets the driver behind you know that you’re slowing down. Also, be more meticulous about using turn signals, so that other drivers know your intentions, and take turns and curves with less speed than you would in dry conditions.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/tips-and-techniques-for-driving-in-rain.html?articleid=45401

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