Driving in the rain doesn’t have to be stressful! It’s true that driving whilst it’s raining can increase braking and stopping distances and heavy rain can decrease visibility but there’s nothing to be worried about! Knowing the top tips below on how to drive safely in the rain can help you to avoid road accidents and keep both you and others around you safe on rainy days.
1. Turn on dipped headlights.
Your headlights are crucial when driving in the rain. Usually, when bad weather hits it also means dark skies, however, don’t forget to turn on your headlights even when it’s raining and the sun is shining! Your headlights enable more visibility for yourself and allow other drivers the ability to see your car more clearly. Dipped headlights are the brightest headlights you have without dazzling other road users.
2. Look out for pedestrians
3. Avoid sudden actions.
4. Use the 5-6 second distance rule
5. Turn on your air-conditioning.
When windows become steamy, it can reduce your visibility. Clear your windscreen quickly by using your air-conditioning. Don’t have air-con? Try opening your windows instead of using the heater.
6. Don’t use rear fog lights
It can seem light a good idea to turn all your lights on when the weather is wet. However, using your rear fog lights can make it harder for cars behind to see your brake lights and could dazzle the driver behind too.
7. Avoid heavy rain
Just like with heavy snow, you are advised to only drive if you really need to. Heavy rain pour can be just as dangerous as snow or ice. If you drive in the rain, you can be a victim of hydroplaning, which is where a layer of water builds up under the tyre and causes the driver to lose control.
8. Don’t follow trucks or buses too closely
9. Drive slowly
You should take more care when driving in the rain and reduce your speed. When you drive faster, more rain hits your windscreen and reduces your visibility. Driving slower allows more traction between you and the road and reducing your speed allows you to react to situations quicker.