During a torrential downpour and storm, it seems inevitable you’ll see some crazy drivers out on the roads. Driving in severe weather can increase your risk of a dangerous situation for you and others. This is why it’s incredibly important to know what to do when you’re driving in less than ideal driving conditions. We’ve compiled some tips and best practices for driving in severe rain and weather.
Tip #1: Take Your Time
When it starts to pour and your visibility is limited, slow down and focus on the road. Don’t feel rushed to get to your destination!
Tip #2: Turn Your Lights On
This is an obvious tip but sometimes it’s easily forgotten. Turning on your headlights will not only help you see better, but also let others know you’re there.
Tip #3: Keep Your Grip
Keep both hands on the wheel! This will allow you to not only act quicker and more efficiently, but also allow you to have more control of the car- especially if there are huge gusts of wind.
Tip #4: Give More Space
Add more distance between you and the car in front of you, giving yourself more time to react. If you feel the car behind you is following a little too closely, lightly (and carefully) double tap your brake to let the other driver know to back off.
Tip #5: Be Aware of Larger Vehicles
Large trucks, trailers and other big vehicles are more vulnerable during rain and storm gusts, so just be alert of where they are!
Tip #6: Turn off Cruise Control
Keep control of your car and speeds and turn off cruise control. If you hydroplane, cruise control will actually cause your car to spin out faster.
Tip #7: If You Do Hydroplane
If you do find yourself hydroplaning, let off the accelerator and steer straight until you have control of your vehicle again. If you start to spin, slowly turn your car in the direction you’re spinning. Don’t make any sudden movements, and never turn your wheel against the spin!
Tip #8: Wear Sunglasses If There’s a Glare
There’s an old trick that if the road has a glare and you’re unable to see clearly, put on a pair of polarized sunglasses to help you see better.
Tip #9: Know Where Your Insurance Info Is
Rain or shine, this should be something you always have handy! Carry a copy of your insurance card with you and save your TGS Insurance agent’s number in your phone in the event that you need it. Give us a call at 1-800-846-1882 or visit our website to get help finding your auto insurance information.
Tip #10: Most Importantly, Think.
Regardless if you’re a new driver or have been driving for years, driving can sometimes become second nature, taking your attention elsewhere. When the rain starts to come down, stay alert to what’s happening around you.
By practicing good driving habits in severe rain and weather, you’re not only making the roads safer for yourself but also those around you. If something does happen or you just have a few questions, your TGS Insurance agent has your back! You can visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-846-1882.