When driving in heavy rain

Keep yourself and your vehicle safe when driving in heavy rain

Afternoon thunder showers are becoming more and more frequent in some parts of the country. Thus as a motorist, keep in mind that any severe type of weather condition can significantly increase your risk of getting involved in a dangerous situation that could put you and your vehicle in great danger.

Be aware of hydroplaning:

A big part of staying safe on the road during severe weather conditions, is by making sure that you do not drive too fast. Although poor visibility is a big factor that cause dangerous driving conditions when driving in heavy rain, motorists often forget to slow down in order to protect themselves and their vehicle against hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than gripping to the surface of the road.

This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle.

Follow these tips to help you and your vehicle stay safe while driving in heavy rain.

  1. Eliminate any potential distractions: Be sure to reduce any possible distractions such as the radio, a ringing phone or talking to someone who is with you in the car.
  2. Take your time: Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Also keep in mind that it is dangerous to drive just after it starts to rain as oils on the road make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer option when it is raining.
  3. Turn your lights on: Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you. If the visibility is really poor, use your hazards. Rather pull over in severe rain and hail and wait for it to pass, keeping your hazards on so your vehicle is visible.
  4. Give other vehicles more space: Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.
  5. Check your windscreen wipers and lights: Your vehicle’s wipers and lights should always be in proper working order and checked regularly.
  6. Keep a firm grip on the wheel: Keep both hands on the wheel in case the rainfall becomes heavier and wind starts to move your vehicle, especially if you are driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer.

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Adapted from: https://www.travelers.com/resources/auto/safe-driving/driving-in-heavy-rain-and-wind

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