Weather can have a significant impact on vehicle performance and travel in general. No matter where you live in California, youâ€™re bound to run into rain more than any other type of inclement weather. Use these tips for driving in the rain to reduce your chances of getting into an accident:
- Turn on your headlights. This is the very first thing you should do if rain sets in while you are driving. Not only will you be able to see better, but your headlights will increase your visibility to other drivers on the road.
- Drive slower. Because you have reduced road visibility in the rain, you may take longer to react to conditions on the road. Driving slower can also prevent hydroplaning, which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
- Leave more distance between other cars. The stopping power of your brakes will always be less in the rain â€“ especially if your tires are old. Make sure you have plenty of time to stop by keeping your distance from drivers ahead of you.
- If the rain is severe, you may want to pull over until it lets up. If you do pull over, move as far off the road as you can and turn on your hazard lights.
Â For any rainstorm, you will want to make sure that you have windshield wipers and tires that are in good condition. If the weather turns sour, these will be your two most important pieces of safety equipment. Worn windshield wipers will inhibit your ability to see, and bald tires will not give you the grip you need in wet conditions.
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