Texas Living

Driving in the Rain

By Callie Leahy 3.5.14

With storm season quickly approaching, knowing how to drive in wet and rainy conditions could mean the difference between getting to work on time and getting into a fender bender. Keep these maintenance and driving tips in mind to stay safe while driving in the rain.

No matter the amount of rain, eliminate your distractions

Even a light sprinkle can be dangerous when oil and gas embedded in the roadways comes to the surface. Eliminate simple distractions by turning down the radio, putting away your cellphone, and even advising children and passengers to keep quiet during the ride.

Properly maintain your tires and windshield wipers

Did you know that the amount of tread on your tires can mean the difference between hydroplaning and keeping your wheels firmly on the road? Use the penny test to measure your tire tread and make sure your tires are inflated to the proper PSI. Cracked or weathered wiper blades can become unattached from the arm, leaving you without a clear line of sight while driving and even scratch or crack your windshield.

Rainy day driving tips

  • Slow down. It’s frustrating, and you might be late to work, but it’s truly the best driving tip for wet roads.
  • Don’t slam on your brakes. In the event of a slide, firmly apply pressure to your brakes, and drive in the direction of the slide. In the event of a hydroplane, take your foot off of the gas pedal, and steer your car in the direction you want the car to go.
  • Drive in the tire impressions of the car in front of you. This offers the driest route and helps keep you from hydroplaning.
  • Avoid cruise control. You need to stay focused and in full control of your car, your speed, and brake response time — something you can do better than your car.