Rain is responsible for 10% of all vehicular accidents and 46% of weather-related crashes. Therefore, it’s important to continually educate your drivers on how to avoid accidents during inclement weather. Here are five tips to help them stay safe this spring:
1. Turn on the lights
It’s important to always turn on your headlights in the rain, even if it’s just sprinkling. This will ensure that you see the road clearly and everyone else on the road can see you clearly. However, less is more, don’t be tempted to turn on your high beams, as it will cause glaring, reducing your visibility in the rain.
2. Stay Centered
Rain water tends to collect in puddles on the side of the road. Avoid deep standing water that can cause a loss of steering or braking control by staying near the middle lanes.
3. Slow down
Most pros know that you should drive slowly in the rain, but some like to throw caution to the wind when they are in a hurry to get from point A to point B. It’s especially important to proceed with caution after a drought because engine oil and grease build up over time, then mix with rain, causing the roads to become extremely slick and hazardous.
4. Brake gently
If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, whatever you do, don’t slam on the brakes! Gain control of your vehicle by gripping the steering wheel firmly and releasing the gas pedal. If you must use your brakes, tap the pedal lightly, otherwise it may send your vehicle spinning out of control, endangering yourself and others.
5. Maintain control
While cruise control is a nifty tool for driving long distances, it’s best not to use it in the rain. It can slow your reaction time while braking and accelerating, and unfortunately, an accident can happen in the blink of an eye.