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7 Tips for Driving Safely in The Rain by State Farm

Being behind the wheel with a rain-splattered windshield doesn't have to be an agitating, scary experience.
Here are 7 tips that will help you drive safely in the rain when you visit Fredericksburg, TX and surrounding communities.

1. Stay alert.

Stay alert. Stay focused. Pay attention to what is going on around you when weather conditions aren’t ideal.

2. Increase your visibility by turning on your headlights

It’s the law. All states require headlights to be on in bad weather when visibility is low. Many states also require that when the windshield wipers are on due to bad weather, the headlights must also be on.

3. Beware of hydroplaning

As soon as it starts raining, slow down. If you start to hydroplane you need to slow down even more. Begin by taking your foot off the gas pedal to allow the vehicle to slow down. Then slowly begin steering in the direction you are hydroplaning until you have control. Seems contradictory, but this actually helps your tires to realign with your vehicle – so they are both going the same direction. 

4. Slow down and turn off cruise control

Wet roads can be the most difficult to drive on. The grease and oil from cars produces a film on roads during dry conditions and when it rains, this layer becomes extremely slippery. Drive defensively in the rain and reduce your speed to below the speed limit to prevent the chance of hydroplaning. Add more car lengths between you and the car in front of you.

5. Brake cautiously

One primary reason cars collide during rainstorms is because drivers slam on their brakes as if the roads were dry. The wet road causes the car to slide forward, often into the rear of another car. Brake gently and early to alert the driver behind you that you are slowing down.

6. Avoid the splash

The big splash you get when you drive through a huge puddle can be costly. If water enters the engine compartment of your vehicle, it can damage the internal systems. Drive around large puddles and avoid running water. Once you have safely passed, tap lightly on your brake pedal to dry off your brake rotors.

7. Driving in rain at night

Driving at night in the rain can be especially dangerous because of the glare of oncoming traffic amplified by the rain on your windshield. To help reduce glare, you can dim your dashboard lights, avoid looking directly at oncoming headlights and clean both the inside and outside of your windshield. Be sure to use the ventilation system to help with the fog that might form on the inside of your windows.