Driving in the rain daily is soon upon us in Tampa Bay. It’s hurricane season and even without a hurricane looming, we will all be driving in the rain soon. Rainy season increases your likelihood of being involved in a car accident due to weather. This is the time to prepare your vehicle for the rainy season. Before you are faced with daily driving in the rain, here are some things you should do:
• Check the Tires: It is crucial that your tires have proper tread and pressure to driving safely in wet weather. Without proper tread and pressure, your tires will lose traction when traveling on wet roads. The experts suggest that you use the penny test to check the tread. If you find that the remaining tread in your tires is below the top of President Lincoln’s head, it is time to get new tires.
• Check the Wipers: While driving in the rain, it is important that your windshield wiper blades are in good condition. Visibility can be tough enough in the rain so don’t let worn down wipers make it more difficult. Also, consider using water repellent type (RainX) washer fluid. This will help your visibility.
• Check the Lights: Florida law states that when windshield wipers are on, your headlights must be on. So, make sure the headlights are working properly. If the bulbs appear to be less bright than normal, have a professional take a look at them. This is a good time to back up close to a while wall and check the brake lights, taillights and turn signals as well. You don’t always know when these lights go out.
• Brake Checkup: Properly working brakes are a must when you are driving in the rain. Remember, if you start hydroplaning braking is not the answer. Instead, calmly take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that the front of your car needs to go.
• Refresh Yourself on the Working of Your Ventilation System: Before you starting driving in rain, it is important to know how to work your defroster to keep the windshield clear. If a foggy inside windshield is preventing you from seeing, pull over. Former NASA engineer and current YouTube science guy Mark Rober shows us that the fastest way to clear fog on the inside windshield is to do this:
o Defroster fan on highest setting
o Temperature control on its hottest
o A/C turned on
o Recirculate turned off
o Crack your windows
These are just a few ways to protect you and your family while driving in the rain. However, remember you can do all this and still be involved in a car accident because of someone else’s negligence. That is why I encourage you to drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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