In light of dangerous weather events taking place across the country in recent weeks, our staff here at Randall Noe Used Cars would like to take the time to share a few tips for safe driving in the rain with members of our community.
Beware the Wind
When the gusts are really coming at you in force, you want to be extra careful behind the wheel, especially on the freeway:
- Look out for large vehicles like tractor trailers, RVs, and other top-heavy motor vehicles; these types of vehicles are more easily pushed around by high-winds, and that can mean getting pushed into your car.
- Always keep two hands on the wheel in case a sudden gust comes up; you’ll be able to more easily right yourself with two hands than with just one.
- Look out for road signs that indicate high-wind areas, or try to avoid driving through areas that you know to be windy during storms or inclement weather.
Watch for Rain
- It’s natural to want to rush home when the bad weather starts brewing, but it’s important that you take your time when driving in heavy rains. Taking it slow increases your reaction time and reduces your chances of hydroplaning.
- Turn on your headlights. If other drivers can’t see you, you’re both less safe.
- Back off and give other drivers more space. As with driving more slowly in general, this will increase your reaction time, giving you back critical seconds to avoid an accident.
The most important tip for safe driving in the rain? Make sure you stay calm. It might be torrential outside your car, but don’t let that throw you off! A calm driver is a safe driver. If at all possible, avoid driving in nasty weather for optimal safety—if it can wait until tomorrow when the sun is out, bide your time and wait out the storm.