Although we are approaching the end of May, we are definitely getting a lot of rain! Driving in the rain presents a unique set of challenges, and with the unpredictable weather we are getting this year, you need to be prepared to adapt to unfavourable driving conditions.
Here are a few tips for driving safely in wet weather conditions !
- Make sure that your car’s equipment is in working order before encountering rainy weather. Check your headlights, tail lights, and windshield wipers to make sure that they will work efficiently when they are needed. Also check the tread of your vehicle’s tires. Balding tires can severely reduce traction on wet roadways.
- Turn your headlights on – Not only do headlights help you see, they help you be seen. That can be more important when visibility is affected by heavy rain.
- Use your windshield wipers – This seems like common sense, but if there are water droplets collecting on your windshield, your ability to see and react to road conditions is compromised. Most cars windshield wiper speed is adjustable to clear moisture from the glass in a light mist or in a heavy downpour. There are also several products available that can be sprayed or wiped onto the glass and claim to defer the collection of rainwater.
- Avoid pooling water – If water is pooling and flowing across the road, try to avoid it. Pooling water can cause hydroplaning to occur. Which is when you lose traction and skid across the surface of the road. To avoid hydroplaning, drive around places where water has collected by changing lanes or safely steering around such areas.
- Slow down – Not only should you adhere to the posted speed limit when driving in wet weather conditions, you should drive slower than you normally would. Wet roads are very dangerous. Your vehicle’s reaction time is much slower when it is raining. Reducing speed is very important in rainy weather.
Be sure to give us a call at 905-857-8413 or contact us online, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your vehicle – we’re dedicated to keeping you safely on the road!