5 tips for driving safely in the rain
August 05, 2019
Driving in bad weather can be a stressful experience. We’ve put together 5 easy tips to help you stay safe when you’re driving through heavy rain and other difficult weather conditions.
Speed limit signs are designed to indicate the fastest speed you should be travelling in ideal conditions. When you’re driving through heavy rain, sleet or snow, you must adapt your speed to the current weather conditions.
Being alert is easily one of the best ways to keep yourself safe on the road – especially when you’re stuck in bad weather.
Turn on your headlights
Did you know it’s against the law to drive without your headlights on when travelling in low visibility conditions? Get yourself in the habit of turning on your headlights when weather conditions are worsening.
Be prepared for the possibility of hydroplaning
Hydroplaning can happen when there’s a lot of water on the road. Your tires lose traction because they can’t displace water fast enough, and your car can start to slide uncontrollably. If this happens to you, slowly let your foot off the accelerator and steer straight until you regain proper traction.
Turn off cruise control
It’s tempting to think that cruise control will help you drive safely in adverse weather conditions – but if your vehicle hydroplanes while you’re in cruise control, the car can actually speed up instead of slowing down.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
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