Driving on a warm, sunny day can be relaxing and fun. However, once the clouds open up and the rain starts to fall, driving can quickly become more difficult. Here are a few tips for how to drive safely in the rain.
- Wait Until the Weather Clears. If a heavy storm is rolling through, it is better to wait until it passes before you start driving. Don’t put yourself and other drivers in danger if you have time to wait.
- Turn on Your Headlights. In North Carolina, it is the law that you must turn on your headlights whenever you need to use your windshield wipers during inclement weather. Even if it is just a light rain, your headlights can help other drivers see your car.
- Slow Down. Wet roads are slippery roads. If you need to do a quick stop, it will take your car longer to stop than when roads are dry, and you can quickly lose control. This means you should slow down and leave more following room between you and other vehicles.
- Avoid Puddles. While puddles may seem harmless or even fun to drive through, they can hide large potholes and be far deeper than they look. Driving through standing water can cause your car to hydroplane and lose traction.
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