When we talk about driving tips, we must realize it all begins with the driver – yes you. You can have all the safety features one can buy in a vehicle, but the most important safety feature is your own common sense. It must dictate your driving at any moment, during clear weather, rain, or snow. All road conditions change and if you don’t adapt you’re likely to harm others or yourself.
Allow me to give you a perfect example. I was driving on the Florida Interstate where the speed limit is 70 MPH. Road conditions during that time was hard rain, reducing visibility to about 200 ft. For these road conditions it was safe to travel around 55 MPH. I’m equipped with new wipers, clean windows and the tires are in great condition. Despite the rain, there was no standing water lying on the roadway and I felt I was in complete control at that speed under those conditions… until I looked into my rear-view mirror. Coming up behind me was a vehicle traveling around 75 MPH. I saw at least three children in the vehicle. The driver was disregarding her own common sense, for those children, and the vehicles around her. It didn’t take my years of experience to see that it was reckless driving.
Wet Driving Tips:
- Use Common Sense.
When it rains, adjust your thinking.
- Turn on those headlights.
It’s the law.
- Beware of hydroplaning.
Your tires lose traction with the road due to excess water on top of the road.
- Turn off cruise control.
You can hydroplane while you’re in cruise control, your car will actually go faster.
- Slow down.
Speed limit signs are designed for ideal conditions.
- Consider taking a driving course.
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