Here in Texas, springtime tends to come with rain. While it might seem normal and commonplace, it’s important to remember that you should try to adjust your driving habits while it’s raining, as wet roads can be far more dangerous than dry ones. Here are a few tips to make sure you are driving safely while it’s raining.
When roads are wet, they get slippery. This means it will take you longer to come to a complete stop. If the roads are wet, you should slow down and make sure that you begin braking sooner than normal so you don’t slide into another vehicle by mistake.
Turn on your headlights
Here in Texas, the law requires that you turn on your headlamps whenever visibility is less than 1,000 feet. Since you can’t measure this while driving, it is safe to turn them on whenever it starts raining. This will make it easier for other drivers to see you, and will help you see upcoming obstacles.
Check your tires
You should do this before you begin driving. Make sure your tires have adequate tread depth, which is what gives them traction and is particularly important when it is raining. Additionally, make sure your tires are inflated to the correct level – which you can find in your owner’s manual – to prevent a rupture, blowout, or poor grip on the road.
Check your windshield wipers
If you find your windshield wipers are smearing water across the glass rather than sweeping it off, it’s probably time for a new set. Your wipers should be replaced every six to 12 months. You can also try applying a water-repelling spray to help your windows stay clearer.