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car driving in rainThe perils of driving in the snow are well known, but it can be equally dangerous to drive in the rain. Here are some details about why driving in the rain can be dangerous and how to drive safely.


In order to make a vehicle come to a stop, friction is required. The rubber of the tire on the road creates friction. When the brakes are applied, the wheel stops turning and the tire rubs against the road until the friction causes the car to come to a stop. When the road is wet with rain, the water acts like a lubricant. Now add oil spots from cars and the friction is reduced even further. This means that the amount of distance required to come to a stop is greater.

Safety Tips
  1. Drive Slowly: Slowing down is always helpful in poor weather conditions. Rainy weather will reduce visibility, meaning you may not have as much time to react to an upcoming situation. Slowing down gives you the extra time you need. In addition, your car will be easier to stop at a slower speed.

  2. Increase Following Distance: Since it will take you more pavement to come to a stop, it is recommended that you allow more space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

  3. Good Tires: A bald tire is very dangerous, especially when roads are wet. It is possible to lose control of the car and spinout if the tires are not in proper condition. Verify that the tread depth is within the accepted range and be sure to rotate your tires regularly as specified by the owner's manual.

  4. Windshield Wiper Blades: Functioning windshield wiper blades are a must in rainy conditions. The difference between no visibility and good visibility is the function of the windshield wiper blades. Many drivers assume the windshield wiper blades that came with the car will last for the lifetime of the vehicle. This is not the case. Check the owner's manual for specifics of your vehicle.  In addition, consider upgrading from the factory wiper blades to higher quality blades, especially if you live in an area that receives snow in addition to rain.
Driving safely in the rain involves understanding the danger, practicing safe driving techniques and making sure your vehicle is properly equipped. No one wants to lose control of their vehicle on a wet road. Following the above tips will help reduce the likelihood of that happening.

Safety on the road pays. Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (804) 379-2697 for more information on Midlothian auto insurance.
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