- Keep more distance between yourself and other vehicles. Give other drivers more space. Double the distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Stopping distances are increased in wet conditions. This will also help you avoid spray from other (particularly larger) vehicles, which can inhibit visibility, too.
These top three rules are essential for safety in wet conditions. But that’s not all there is to know about driving in heavy rain. Read on for more tips to stay safe on wet and flooded roadways.
Beware the first rain shower
The first rain after a dry spell can make for some of the most dangerous driving conditions. Why? Rain mixes with oil and debris on the road, causing a particularly slick road surface. This can put you at higher risk of losing control.
Careful braking is key
In wet weather, your brakes are not going to respond as quickly as they would in dry conditions. Try to look as far ahead on the road as possible, and slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator – rather than hitting the brakes. Avoid using your brakes unless needed. Braking suddenly on a wet road can cause your car to skid.
No cruise control
Turn off your cruise control in the rain. You need to be completely in control of your car.