TIPS FOR DRIVING IN THE RAIN
How to Prepare to Drive in Wet Weather Conditions
Before you head out, check on the condition of your vehicle and tires.
- Tire Tread Depth: Tires can be an underrated safety feature on your vehicle. They should have plenty of tread depth to evacuate standing water from between the road surface and the tire. If your current tires are worn down to anywhere near the wear bars (3/32nds or 4/32nds of an inch), it's time to think about replacing your tires.
- Tire Air Pressure: Tire pressures that are too low, or too high, can lead to reduced traction, premature tread wear, or tire failure. Your tire pressure should be checked regularly (at least once per month) to be sure they are properly inflated.
- Wiper Blade Condition: Outward vision is critical to safe driving. Your vehicle's wiper blades should also be checked for age and wear. If they leave streaks across your windshield, it's time to replace them.
- Turn on Your Headlights: Of course, it's just as important to be seen, as it is to see. Turn your lights on and be sure that all of your vehicle's lights are in working order. Use the full headlight system and not just the Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) in wet weather. With only your DRLs in use, the rear taillights are not activated and on wet roads the spray of the road can hide your vehicle from view, increasing your chances of being struck from behind. Your full headlight system will also make you more visible to oncoming traffic on wet roads.