The spring weather means rain is certainly in the weather forecast. Even
though rain can be challenging to drive through, it does not mean your trip has to end or work has to completely stop. Driving in rainy weather is certainly possible as long as you plan ahead and take some precautions.
It is important to see the weather among your routes and plan trips accordingly. Plan out possible areas you can stop if the weather gets too bad and speak with your boss if you are driving and working to make alternative plans if the roads get too bad to navigate.
It is also vitally important to slow down when it the weather is bad. Bigger cars and trucks can easily hydroplane on the road and quickly cause an accident. Car tires will always lose traction on wet roads, which means speeding just a little bit can cause trouble.
During bad weather, maintain longer distances between cars so you have more time to react. You should also try to drive slower on rainy roads while possible. This might be a hassle if you are trying to make a deadline, but it will boost your chances of getting to your destination in a safe manner.
Be sure that your car’s lights and windshield wipers are in good condition before setting out on the road. Visibility will go down in bad weather and you want your lights on so you can see and be seen. Good windshield wipers will help you clear and get rain off of your windows so you can drive. It is important to be proactive with your safety and visibility because other drivers might not be doing so. If they are not paying attention, then you run the risk of getting into an accident.
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When it comes time to stop or park, try to avoid grass or dirt. This can quickly turn into puddles during bad rainstorms that can trap your car. It could also cause your tires to start and sink and slide, which can get your vehicle stuck. Even worse, your car could slide down a hill if the grass or dirt is on a steep embankment. This will cost you valuable travel time and could damage your car or truck.
If you are driving and come across a bad road, don’t risk it. Water often looks shallower than it really is, especially as it pools on a road. Floodwaters can send your car off of the road and leave you trapped in a dangerous situation.
Trying to drive through floodwaters can flood your engine and render it totally useless. Getting stranded in a vehicle that is caught in floodwaters is a dangerous situation that many have died from. If you come across high water, just stop and turn around, even if your vehicle sits high on the road.
Even though adjusting your travel schedule can be a big inconvenience during bad weather, it is always the right thing to do. Rainy or stormy spring weather can prove to be very dangerous and can quickly leave you stranded or damage your car.
If it’s not safe to drive, don’t be afraid to stop and wait out a storm if needed, or contact your work and let them know about the situation. Many bosses are understanding of your safety and will work with you to find another plan.
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