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Drive Smart: Wet Road Safety

10 Essential Driving Tips for the Rainy Season

Driving in wet weather poses different challenges and risks, from reduced visibility to slippery road surfaces. As rainfall makes the roads slippery, it becomes crucial for drivers to adapt their techniques and remain vigilant to ensure their safety. We care about your safety and want to do our best to ensure that you make it to your destination safely. Whether you're facing a light drizzle or heavy downpours, these essential tips will help you navigate through wet weather conditions more confidently. 

Here's what you need to know to minimize the hazards of driving in the rain:

  1. Watch Your Speed

Water on the road decreases your tire’s grip, increasing the likelihood of slipping when making sharp turns or sudden stops.

  1. Check Your Vehicle

Ensure your car is in good condition, with functioning lights, brakes, and tires before hitting the road.

  1. Increase Following Distance

Keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. It takes longer to stop on wet roads, so a longer following distance helps prevent collisions.

  1. Avoid Sudden Movements

Make careful movements with your steering wheel, brakes, and accelerator. Sudden changes can cause your vehicle to skid.

  1. Avoid Distractions

Put away your phone and other distractions to stay focused on the road. 

  1. Watch for Standing Water

Avoid driving through puddles or standing water when possible as they can cause hydroplaning. If hydroplaning occurs, gently ease off the accelerator and steer straight until you regain control.

  1. Maintain Your Tires

Properly inflated tires with good tread are crucial for maintaining traction in wet conditions.

  1. Be Mindful of Larger Vehicles

Buses and trucks can create spray that reduces visibility. Keep a safe distance and be cautious when driving near them.

  1. Defog Your Windows

Use your vehicle’s air conditioning or defroster to keep the windows clear and prevent condensation.

  1. Plan Your Journey

If heavy rain is forecasted, consider whether travel is necessary or if you can wait until the weather improves. If you must drive, allow extra time for your journey.

We care about your safety and want to make sure truck drivers and the general public are well prepared when traveling this spring. Driving on wet roads calls for caution, readiness, and adaptability. Ensure your vehicle is well-prepared, keep up with weather updates, and modify your driving techniques to suit the conditions of the road. 

Safe Travels!