Rain, Rain, Go Away! Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the Rain

Driving in harsh weather is a scary and normally unexpected task that all Arizona drivers will ultimately face. It’s always good to know what to do in unsafe driving conditions. The experts of used cars in Arizona at Drive Now want you to know how you can stay safe on the roads and drive carefully when during inclement weather.

Always be cautious of your brakes
Get into the habit of doing maintenance checks on your car. A good time to do this is every 3 months when it comes times to get your oil checked. There are plenty of local companies that are experts on checking and inspecting all types of used cars in Arizona. Find one nearby you and build a relationship with them. In addition, having non-skid anti-lock brakes installed on your car is a good idea if you find yourself driving in bad weather conditions often.

Use your lights
It’s the law in most states, so always make sure your lights are on when the weather is gloomy. It not only helps you see better but also helps other drivers see you. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell if a light is out, so every once every month or so have a passenger check before getting into the car.

Top condition windshield wipers
Make sure that your wipers are always in good condition. There’s nothing more unsafe (or annoying!) than driving down the road during a heavy rainstorm and not being able to see well enough what’s in front of you due to damaged wipers. Plus, wipers are cheap and easy to install yourself. When buying them, it’s a good idea to have the salesperson come out and pick out the type of wipers that fit your vehicle, as windshield wipers for all the different used cars in Arizona vary. They might even put them on for you!

Slow down!
My Drive Now’s number one tip for the drivers of used cars in Arizona is to slow down. Slowing down during a heavy rainstorm will give you more time to react to your surroundings and making it less likely for you to lose control. In addition, it’s also a good idea to leave more space than you normally would between your car and the car in front of you.

Avoiding hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is the scary instance that occurs when your vehicle skids or slides across a wet surface. Many people panic while this occurs and lose control of their vehicle. The best thing you can do to avoid this is to drive slowly. If you do feel traction beginning to occur between your tires and the road, avoid slamming on the brakes. Remain calm, and allow the vehicle to slow down, turning your steering wheel in the same direction your car is skidding.

We hope our tips on staying safe when driving in bad weather will help you in the future. For more questions on safe driving, hydroplaning, or how you can purchase one of our used cars in Arizona today, simply leave a comment in the section below or fill out the form to your right and one of our experts will be in contact with you as soon as possible.