Well, we finally get some needed rain! And it’s been so long that Snellville and metro Atlanta have been without rain, the question arises: will anyone remember how to drive in the rain?
Driving in the rain can be stressful, hectic, and unsafe. There are cars all around you, there is rain showering over your car, and there is low visibility. There is a reason that more car accidents take place in the rain and it is not always because drivers can’t see.
Follow These Tips for Driving in the Rain
How can you prepare yourself for driving in the rain? Here are some helpful tips for driving in the rain.
Drive Cautiously (But Not Too Slowly)
City traffic can be terrible during a rainstorm. It is not out of the ordinary to pass multiple accidents in one commute. Again, it’s not the visibility that gets most drivers, it’s the initial lack of traction due to materials on the road. When you brake, your stopping distance will be significantly increased in the rain. Drive slowly in the rain, just not too slowly that you become a hazard to other drivers.
Keep a Safe Distance
It is important to follow at a safe distance (remember the 3 second rule) and increase that distance in rainy weather. Cars directly in front of you will cause water to spray on your windshield, which makes it even more difficult to see. Be aware of large trucks and buses when you are driving, following behind them can be hazardous because they kick up more water than other vehicles.
No Jamming on Your Brakes
Anti-lock brake systems have revolutionized the way cars stop, but they’re still not perfect. When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hard or lock the wheels and risk a skid. Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal.
Replace Windshield Wipers
It is recommended that your windshield wipers be replaced every six to twelve months. To avoid replacing perfectly good wiper blades, simply test them regularly with a heavy stream of windshield wiper fluid. If your windshield is left streaked and partially wet, you should probably replace the blades. If your blades have cracked or torn rubber or you can hear them scraping then they should be replaced.
Be Prepared with Regular Service
Be safe and follow these tips for driving in the rain. And if you’ve noticed any trouble with your car while driving in the rain, schedule a trip to RWB. For over 30 years, RWB Import Service Center has been the premier import car repair shop in Snellville, GA. Whether you have a Audi, BMW, or Mercedes Benz, we’ll make sure your car is ready for the rainy weather.