Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain in New Territory

  • Replace worn windshield wipers: Have you noticed streaking, squeaking, or skipping with your windshield wipers? If so, it's probably time to replace them. A new set of blades will do wonders for enhancing your visibility to help you better react to anything that happens while you are on the road.
  • Eliminate distractions and focus: If it's raining, driving demands your complete attention. Keep your eyes on the road or your mirrors and both hands on the wheel.
  • Drive at a comfortable speed: While cruise control is a great invention, a rainstorm is not the time to use it. Even if other vehicles around you are speeding, you can stay under the posted speed limits and maintain a speed you feel good about.
  • Don't tailgate!: Stay at least five car lengths, or one second per ten miles per hour, behind the car in front of you. This should give you enough time to brake quickly or respond to anything that may happen.
  • Be prepared: Skidding and hydroplaning can happen to anyone, even the safest driver. Never slam on the brakes if you start skidding. 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 keep these tips in mind to improve your chances of safe travel during rain in New Territory.