Driving in the pelting rain is no one’s idea of a fun activity, yet unfortunately it’s an unavoidable necessity for regular drivers. Sudden thunderstorms and heavy showers can come out of nowhere, so especially if you’re a new driver, you’d best be prepared for this eventuality.

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Disruptions

First things first, this is a time in your car when all distractions should be kept to a minimum, such as music or noisy passengers, as you’ll need your full concentration to look out for careless drivers, fallen trees and electric poles, or even mud slides.

Speed

When driving on wet roads, your car’s speed should be greatly reduced to prevent the likelihood of hydroplaning (sometimes called aquaplaning), as tires can disperse water far more effectively when the car is slower. A hydroplaning car is essentially like an uncontrollable sled on ice, as the tires simply have no traction – resulting in incredibly difficult steering.Furthermore, it’s best to take your car off cruise control, as lifting your foot off the accelerator instead of braking quickly (which can lock your tires and cause skidding) is far easier when this feature is disabled.

Tires

Checking your tires before a journey that will likely contain wet weather can save momentary disaster, as weak tire treads are less effective on slippery roads. Similarly, the state of wheel bearings can make a big impact, as worn down bearings can allow moisture to damage the wheel’s rotor. Most wheel bearings should last a long time on a modern car, but if you begin to hear unusual noises when turning your vehicle , or find steering in general to be harder to control, then it’s worth consulting your mechanic or replace them yourself by purchasing from sites like this.

Position

This should apply to driving even when conditions are normal, but keeping a minimum of five car lengths from the vehicle in front of you will increase reaction time, should something go wrong. Furthermore, stick to the middle lanes of a highway and when possible, avoid large potholes and pools of water that generally accumulate on the side of the road.

Windows

In certain temperatures, it’s possible your front and rear windshield can begin to fog – vastly reducing your field of vision. To combat this, be sure to turn on your car’s defroster and wait until the windshields are easily visible to see through. Additionally, make certain that your windshield wipers are functioning fine before driving, as these will be hugely important for keeping your vision unimpaired when the rain hits the glass.