When it comes to driving in the rain, most people believe they’re ready to deal with the weather properly. However, the number of car accidents increases during rainy weather and it seems that the understanding of how to drive safely goes out the window. Continue reading to refresh your memory on three of the biggest things to remember when driving in the rain. 

Car driving quickly through a puddle with a splash.
Car driving quickly through a puddle.

Standing Water

For kids, puddles can be fun to jump in, while the story changes significantly for adults driving through standing water on the road. In an ideal world, you’d be able to avoid the puddle altogether; however, that’s not always the case in life. If it does come down to driving through standing water, slow down to save your car’s engine and brakes. By speeding through a patch of standing water, you also potentially risk hydroplaning and losing control of your car. Don’t let that happen to you!

Give Yourself Extra Time

To really ensure that you stay safe in the rain, you should get into the habit of giving yourself extra travel time for your commute. While it can be frustrating to leave home earlier, it is better than rushing while driving, which puts not only your life, but those of others at risk. Keep in mind that car accidents have a higher chance of occurrence when the weather is bad and drivers on the road refuse to slow down.

Close-up of the cruise control button on a steering wheel.
Close-up of the cruise control button.

Avoid Cruising with Cruise Control

This one can seem counter-intuitive and yet completely reasonable at the same time. If you think that traveling in the rain at a set speed could be a good thing, then remember what would happen if you were to end up hydroplaning. You could actually speed up, which is the complete opposite of what you want to happen! Also it should go without saying that keeping your feet far away from the pedals during a rainstorm isn’t the greatest idea, since you would need to be able to hit your brakes quickly and intermittently.

Conclusion

When it comes to driving in the rain, you should always practice a higher level of cautious driving for sure, but remembering these three things especially can help save your life and your car’s life. To ensure your car is ready for all types of weather or to repair some damage from your last trip, come in to see our car experts today!