Rain, rain, go away, come back another day.
Maybe you remember saying that as a child. As children, this was our wish because there was nothing like a rainy day to spoil all the fun of playing outside. And as if I hadn’t aged a bit, I feel almost the same way today. I’ll be honest, I don’t like it when it rains. Sure I understand the need for the rain, but let’s face it, this is an automotive blog not an environmental one. And the fact is, driving in the rain is not only a hassle, it can be a hazard if you’re not careful.
People don’t drive well in the rain, well at least where I’m from they don’t. The problem is no one seems to notice that it’s raining, which means they don’t slow down; they follow too closely and they break too suddenly. Everybody’s in a rush to get somewhere and it makes for a difficult time on the road.
Accidents are always more probable when its raining outside. So here are just a few tips for driving in the rain (and in one you’ll find the answer to this month’s FUN FACT).
1. Slow Down - This is a pretty simple tip and one of the easiest. Leave the house a few minutes earlier and take your time.
2. Watch Out for Puddles – Heavy puddles of water can sneak up on you and look pretty harmless, but they can really cause havoc if you’re not careful.
3. Maintain Distance from Other Cars – In other words, don’t follow too closely. You don’t won’t to cause an accident if you have to stop suddenly.
4. Make Sure Your Tires are in Good Condition – Tires are very important when maintaining safety on the road. Worn tires can be very dangerous in general but much more so in the rain.
5. Check your wiper blades. Can you imagine driving in the rain without these helpful gadgets? Just think what that would be like. Did you know that Windshield Wipers were invented by a woman. That’s right and her name is Mary Anderson.
Driving in the rain is a mess, but unavoidable. When you have to get out and drive in the rain , take heed to our tips and thank a woman that you can see out of the windshield!