How to Safely Drive in Texas Rain

Driving in the rain in TexasWe should all be able to agree that rain is not something most Texas drivers are all that familiar with. What with constant drought regulations and the low lake levels, driving in the rain is not something we have a lot of experience with unless you just so happened to move here from another, more rainy location.

While drivers ed taught you all these tips back in the day, it is important that we remind ourselves of these safe driving practices, especially when it is something that happens so rarely, and often out of the blue without any warning.

1. Turn On Your Lights

This seems like a no brainer, but its shocking the amount of people driving in gray, rainy conditions without their lights on. The important thing to remember about your lights in the rain, is that they aren’t for you to see better, they’re for everyone else to be able to see you! So make sure you’ve turned them on, this can save everyone a lot of trouble.

2. Keep Your Distance

Rain requires more than the typical 3 second rule between you and the car ahead of you. Increase the amount of distance between you and the car ahead of you to ensure that you have a safe stopping distance.

3. Wipe Your Windshield

It is extremely important that you can see clearly, so always use your windshield wipers. Adjust them to the speed you need them depending on the rain, and don’t let the rain blind you. Also, be sure you are replacing your windshield wipers frequently to ensure they are always in good working condition.

4. Pay Attention

This means get off your phone, stop texting, stop eating, stop dancing to your music, and focus on the road. I know you’re hungry, and you have to text your friend back, but remember, even if its not raining, It Can Wait! It is more important that you, and everyone around you, is safe.

5. Be Gentle with the Brakes

Because the rubber of your tires is wet, your tires are going to be extremely slippery. You want to be careful to not rely too heavily on your breaks in these conditions as you can lose control easily. Instead of using your brakes to slow down, use the gas pedal to regulate your speed by easing off of it and onto it as needed. And when you do use your brakes, allow for plenty of stopping distance so you can ease on to them slowly without skidding.

6. Avoid Puddles

A seemingly small puddle may not seem dangerous, but if you’re not careful it can result in hydroplaning. If you find yourself hydroplaning, stay calm and regain control of the car. You can do this by using the brakes properly. If you have anti-lock brakes, all you have to do is brake slowly and gently. But if you do not have anti-lock brakes, you will need to pump the brakes rapidly and lightly to regain control.

Be sure to know if you have anti-lock brakes or not on your vehicle before a situation like this occurs, as it will change how you react to this situation. Most newer vehicles have anti-lock brakes but you need to be 100% sure before assuming that is the case, otherwise your hydroplane adventure may not have the best of endings.

Conclusion

Driving safely should always be a priority, rain or shine. Just remember that when it is raining there are a lot of extra variables that could cause some serious problems. And always be sure to schedule regular appointments for your vehicle. Things like windshield wipers, brakes, tires, and so forth become even more important than usual when driving in dangerous elements.