5 Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain
It's that time of year again here in Butte County when the rain is going to becoming more and more common which has the potential of increasing the rate of vehicle accidents. Not paying attention and driving more cautiously may lead to devastating results. SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor compiled 5 tips that all drivers should take heed of during the rainy weather to not only protect yourself and everyone in your vehicle but the drivers around you.
1) Think and pay close attention to your surroundings.
Many people drive subconsciously, out of habit, and sometimes even the crazy weather conditions will not change their way of driving. Make sure you are alert and well-aware of your surroundings. When conditions are less than ideal this rule is even more important.
2) Turn on your headlights and keep them on.
It's the law to turn on your functioning headlights when visibility is low. Make sure to get all needed repairs done for your vehicle so that your headlights, windshield wipers and tires are in good working order. Having any one of these important safety items damaged could lead to dangerous conditions in severe weather.
3) Beware of hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning is the technical term for what occurs when your tires are getting more traction on the water in the road rather than on the road itself which leads your car to sliding. If weather conditions are difficult or impossible for you to drive through safely, pull over and wait for conditions to improve.
4) Turn off cruise control.
Ironically cruise control may cause for you to lose even more control of your vehicle especially if your vehicle is hydroplaning.
5) SLOW DOWN.
Speed limit signs are not suggestions for how fast you should go, it is the law. Focus more on getting to your destination safely rather than faster. Allow yourself more time to spare to get to your destination.
SERVPRO of Chico/Lake Almanor wants everyone to be safe during these conditions and to be mindful of it. Driving safely isn't a suggestion, it is a necessity.