Tips for Driving in the Rain

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Most people living in Southern California have already heard of long-awaited El Niño. During El Niño, the amount of precipitation may increase exponentially. As a result, roadways and driving conditions will be impacted. To remain safe, read and utilize the safety tips we have listed below:

1. Keep Both Hands On the Steering Wheel

Because roads are slippery during and after rainy weather, it is important to keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times. Driving with only one hand can make you unable to steer the car appropriately in the course of a sudden and hazardous road condition.

2. Be Sure to Check Your Tires Daily

Your tires could be the difference between a severe car accident and safety. Of course, tires with a good amount of grip are even more important when operating a car in the rain. Before the rainy season is in full effect, visit a trusted mechanic to ensure your tires are in good shape for any kind of winter weather.

3. Do Not Brake or Turn Abruptly

When driving in the rain, it is crucial your driving maneuvers are slow and steady. When it is raining, turning or braking abruptly can cause your vehicle to slip uncontrollably, putting you and other drivers on the road at risk for serious injuries.

4. Know How to React if Your Vehicle Hydroplanes

Hydroplaning may be more common than you think. This occurs when your tires lose traction with the ground, causing the vehicle to drift. If this occurs when you are driving, it is absolutely crucial you do not make any sudden driving maneuvers such as braking and turning. In fact, you should hold onto the steering wheel straight and refrain from touching the control pedals until your tires regain traction. Braking suddenly while hydroplaning can cause your brakes to lock up, forcing you to slide further and without any control.

5. Ensure Your Windshield Wipers Work Properly

In Southern California, most people do not use or need their windshield wipers year-round. As a result, many individuals forget to check the quality of their wipers until the rainy season has already appeared. To be safe, regularly check to ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition and work properly.

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