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Driving in the rain can be a slippery situation – slick road conditions, poor visibility and possible hydroplaning or skidding are some of the potential risks, particularly in the spring. More than 1 million weather-related crashes occur each year, most occurring on wet pavement and nearly half while it’s raining.
Smart drivers know techniques for driving in the rain, avoiding hydroplaning and using the vehicle’s safety features. Here are some tips for driving in wet conditions that you can save for a rainy day.
It’s critical to turn on your headlights while driving in the rain, whether it’s day or night. Many states require it. You’ll see better, and other drivers can see you better too. Keep your headlights clean to ensure the best possible visibility. 
To clear fogged-up windows, turn on the defroster. 
Examine the tread on your tires. Worn tread decreases traction and increases the likelihood of skidding. Test your tread by inserting a penny between the tread upside down: If Lincoln’s head is covered, tire tread depth is good. If Lincoln’s head is uncovered, it’s too low, and the tire should be replaced. 
Do NOT use cruise control on wet pavement. Cruise control may interpret loss of traction as reducing speed and increase acceleration to compensate, which may cause the vehicle to veer dangerously. 
It sounds obvious, but turn on the windshield wipers when it rains. You need a clear view. You can also use rain-repellent products on your car windows to help proactively clear water. 
Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle loses traction after it hits a patch of water. Water builds up on front of the tires so fast that the car’s weight can’t push it out of the way – causing it to ride on top of the water and slide until traction is restored.
Driving in the rain at night can be treacherous due to limited visibility. If it is raining hard enough, it may be difficult to see even 10 feet or so in front of your car. Roads are also the slickest when it has just started to rain or drizzle because the moisture mixes with any oil or dust that is on the surface of the pavement. 
Car breakdowns increase during wet weather. The moisture can cause problems with engines and electrical systems, especially in older vehicles. However, many rain-related breakdowns are caused by driving through deep-standing water that can deal extensive damage to the engine.
Rain also can increase your chances of getting into an accident. That’s why it’s important to take proper precautions when you’re on the road during a downpour. Taking extra care to remain within the speed limit and to stay a safe distance from other vehicles can help reduce your risk of getting into an accident. 
We’re a major proponent of defensive driving, particularly in rainy conditions, which is why we offer defensive driving discounts to reward educated and careful drivers.
 https://www.defensivedriving.org/dmv-handbook/drive-safely-rain/ (Accessed May 11, 2022)
 https://driversed.com/driving-information/driving-conditions/rain/ (Accessed May 11, 2022)
 www.airswift.com/about/safety/driving-in-wet-weather#:~:text=Driving%20in%20wet%20weather%20conditions,to%20your%20car%20and%20yourself. (Accessed May 11, 2022)
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