Tips for Driving in the Rain

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Written by Pearson Toyota

While singing in the rain sounds fun, driving in the rain is a far different experience. Near half of all weather-related car accidents have occurred in the rain. As we go through the soggy weather, all drivers must be properly educated on how they can safely get around during those downpours. This way, drivers can avoid accidents during bad weather. We here at Pearson Toyota want to help, which is why we have put together some go-to tips that you can use when your out on the road during the storm. If you want to make sure that your Toyota is ready for the rain or are looking for a new Toyota, be sure to check out Pearson Toyota today!

Use Caution and Slow Down

Engine oil and grease tend to build up on the roadways and highways over time, and when you combine these things with wet roadways, you get the equivalent of a highway Slip n' Slide. While road conditions may improve after the season's first rain washes away most of the oil and grease, you still need to be careful when driving in the rain. This means slowing your vehicle down as the wet pavement will cause your tires to lose traction and become difficult to handle. A good rule of thumb is to drive at least five miles under the speed limit to compensate for the bad weather conditions and roadways.

Avoid Standing Water on the Road

You could hydroplane your vehicle and lose control, as well as impair other driver's visibility while you're splashing through the puddles. You should also be sure to watch out for potholes as standing water can cover them up, and debris from view can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle's brakes. Be sure to always drive in the tracks of the vehicle in front of you, as this allows the vehicle ahead of you to displace any standing water that's on the road. Having rain on your windshield can be distracting, so ensure that you have sturdy enough wipers to deal with all the wet stuff.

Grip the Steering Wheel Tighter

This means that you're going to have to put your cell phone down and keeping your eyes on the road. It's also important to keep in mind that texting while driving is illegal in 35 states. Drinking coffee, applying makeup, shaving, or eating a sandwich are all things that can take your eyes off the road and put your vehicle and passengers at risk. This is especially true when you are driving in the rain as your vehicle might start to hydroplane. If this starts to happen, do not brake or turn the wheel abruptly, as this might cause your vehicle to skid or spin. Instead, take your foot off the gas and keep the wheel straight until your car regains its traction. If you need to, you can brake gently.

Keep Your Distance and Don't Use Cruise Control

Wet brakes, slick roads, and reduced visibility can lead to collisions. Make sure that you're leaving plenty of room and break early with reduced force. If you brake too hard, it can cause your vehicle to head off the road. It's also important not to use cruise control as it can cause your vehicle to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduce the driver's effectiveness. Another safety tip is to ensure that your windows are defogged as precipitation can cause your windshield; make sure to use the front and rear defrosters to maximize your visibility. to fog up quickly

Get your Toyota ready for the rain at Pearson Toyota

Before you brave the elements, you're going to want to make sure that your vehicle is prepared to take on that type of weather. Head down to Pearson Toyota and check out our service department, where we will change your oil, rotate your tires, and cap off your fluids. All of our technicians are highly skilled and look forward to working on your vehicle. You can make an appointment either on our website or by heading down to our dealership! We can't wait to serve your automotive needs here at Pearson Toyota.

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