When Driving in the Rain, Remember the Three Second Rule
The three second rule represents a safe following distance—or how far you should be from the vehicle in front of you. In general, three seconds is a safe distance, but should be increased in dangerous weather conditions—including rain.
To determine safe following distance, make note of a fixed object and wait for the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of you to cross that object, then begin to count. If your front bumper crosses the same object before you count to three, you need to increase your following distance.
Remember, if you’re ever in doubt, it’s always recommended to increase your safe following distance.
Avoid Relying Too Heavily on Your Brakes
Keeping your foot on the brakes while driving in the rain can cause your vehicle to hydroplane. Instead, reduce your speed and rely on taking your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
Give a Heads-up With Headlights!
By turning your headlights on while driving in the rain, you’ll have a clearer view of the road, and any low-lying areas where water can accumulate and cause you to hydroplane. If that isn’t enough, you’ll also be helping other drivers see you on the road.
Make Sure Your Tires Are Ready
Perhaps most importantly, the best way to stay safe while driving in the rain is to make sure you have the best tires for your vehicle. A great set of all season tires with sipes designed to increase your traction are just what you need to stay confident on wet roads. Investing in a great set of tires is particularly important if you live in a region where you experience a lot of rain, or if you have to commute regardless of the weather.
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Turn on Your Wipers
It might sound strange, but it can be difficult to see when a large amount of water collects on your windshield. The quickest way to clear the water from your windshield is with your wipers. Even if it’s only a light rain, clearing your windshield with your wipers will help you keep a clear view of the road.
Also remember to check that your wipers are working properly. As a general rule, you should replace your wipers at least once a year.
When in Doubt, Pull Over
If the rain gets worse, or if you’re feeling uncomfortable, pull over to a safe spot and wait for the storm to pass. No destination is ever worth risking your safety.
Always Stay Alert!
From the radio, to a hot cup of coffee to the kids in the backseat, it’s easy to become distracted when driving. However, when you’re behind the wheel—especially in the rain—it’s important to keep your focus on the road.
Drive Safe, Drive Smart, and You’ll be Ready for any Conditions
When you’re driving in the rain, it’s important to stay alert and be smart. We hope you find these tips useful the next time you head out on a rainy day. For even more driving tips, head over to our resources, or stop into your local TireCraft to speak with an expert today!