Navigate Slippery Conditions Safely

Spring showers brings May flowers, but it also can bring difficult driving conditions. Driving in the rain can make for some frustrating, slippery, and slow car rides. However, wet weather conditions can create a splash of problems if you do not take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and your passengers safe. A quick reminder of these safety measures can make driving in the upcoming rain showers easier to navigate.

  1. Slow down and leave enough room [1] between you and the car in front of you. One of the main hazards of driving in rain is hydroplaning. Slowing down reduces the risk of hydroplaning and leaving space in between cars can prevent skidding into the car ahead of you.
  2. Turn on your headlights [2] to increase your visibility of the road and your surroundings. Not only will it help your visibility, but other drivers will also be able to visibly see your vehicle as well. In many states, it is now a legal requirement to have your headlights on even during a light rain.
  3. Do not use cruise control. [3] Cruise control is a great option for long drives when the roads are dry. However, using cruise control in rainy, wet conditions creates a greater risk of hydroplaning.

At some point, regardless of the weather or how cautious you are driving, you may find yourself in need of assistance. If you’ve hydroplaned off the road, need a tow truck, are stuck in the mud, or have a flat tire, Roadside Assistance is just one phone call away. Many insurance companies and third-party vendors now offer programs for stranded drivers. Some Roadside Assistance programs and services may even be included in your personal auto policy at no additional cost! Before you decide to tackle the next big road trip during a rainy day, be sure to check with your independent agent for more details about your Roadside Assistance options.

References:

[1] “Wet Weather Driving Tips.” Exchange.aaa.com.

[2] “10 Crucial Things to Know Before You Start Driving in the Rain.” Driving-tests.org.

[3] “How Not to be an Idiot When Driving in the Raid.” YourMechanic.com, 2007.

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