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14 Tips For New Drivers Traveling In the Rain

As a new driver, you might encounter some terrain and problems that you didn’t have to deal with when you were learning to drive. You are going to find yourself, alone, in a car, in the pouring rain. You are going to have to trust your instincts!

Here are some tips for new drivers when they are driving in the rain.

  • Turn on your headlights, no matter how light the rain is. This not only helps you see but allows others to see you.
  • Slow down. It is important for your safety, as well as the safety of the other drivers and people along the road. Give yourself extra time to get to your destination. If someone is waiting for you, they will wait.
  • Go extra slow after a long dry spell. Oil and grease build up on the road and after a good rain, it can become very slick. It will wash away but you will have to drive extra carefully at first.
  • Give yourself more room between vehicles. This will allow you more time to react if there is a problem.
  • When braking, go slow and give yourself more time to brake. This also gives the vehicles behind you more time to react.
  • Drive directly behind the people in front of you. Stay right in their tire tracts.
  • Stay away from large trucks and buses. Their large tires will throw water at you, making it hard to see. However, you should also avoid passing them in the rain.
  • Make sure you can see out of the window at all times. There are times when your windows will fog up so make sure that you have your defrosters going.
  • Stay on the road. You don’t need to get stuck in the mud!
  • Use caution when driving through puddles. They could be deep so you should try to go around them, if possible.
  • You should never drive through moving water. You can’t judge how deep it is and you do not want to get swept away in the water.
  • Don’t be afraid to pull over if visibility is bad. There are times when it is much safer to pull over on the side of the road than to try to keep driving.
  • If you hydroplane, be careful and don’t react. Most people want to hit the brakes right away or turn the wheel but that will make it worse. Instead, you want to release the gas slowly and steer straight until your car gets traction again.
  • Before you get caught in the pouring rain, you should always make sure that your car is ready for it. Have your windshield wipers in good shape along with decent tires and brakes on your car.

It can be scary to drive in the rain for the first time. It actually takes a while to become comfortable driving in the rain. Not everyone is comfortable driving in the rain. Just give yourself extra time and go slow.

If it is raining really hard and you can, just stay where you are. Do you really need to go out or go home? Maybe you can just wait until the heaviest rain passes. If you are out driving and the visibility is that bad, you can pull over along the side of the road. You just need to make sure that you are completely off of the road so nobody hits you because they can’t see you!

If you are not comfortable driving in the rain, feel free to ask for help. I am sure that your parents or another adult would be happy to go driving with you in the rain. They would rather have a safe driver than someone who does not know how to drive.

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