- Replace worn wiper blades: Have you noticed streaking, squeaking, or skipping with your windshield wipers? If so, it's time for some new ones. Buying new blades will do wonders for improving your visibility to help you better react to anything that happens while you are on the road.
- Eliminate distractions: A rainstorm is not the time to be taking calls, messing with your radio, or eating a burger. Keep your eyes glued on the road or your mirrors and both hands on the wheel.
- Drive at a comfortable speed: During a rainstorm, don't use cruise control. Even if other cars around you are speeding, you can stay below the posted speed limits within a range you feel good about.
- Keep a safe distance: Make sure to keep a minimum of five car lengths, or one second of following distance per ten miles per hour, between you and the car in front of you. This will give you ample time to brake quickly or respond to anything that may happen in front of you.
- Be prepared: Skidding and hydroplaning can happen to anyone, even safe drivers. If you start skidding, do not slam on the brakes! Remain calm and slowly steer in the direction you need to go. Similar steps should be followed if you begin hydroplaning (when your travels on top of water and has little to no contact with the ground). Refrain from making any sudden movements, let off the gas, and slowly steer in the direction you need to go.
Make sure you remember these tips to help make the roads a little safer during rain in College Station.