4 Simple Steps to Driving Safely in Rain and Wind

Safety is always the number one concern when driving. With these tips, you can be less risky in heavy rain and windy weather.

Learn the Road, Know Your Vehicle:

  • Before you leave, Examine your vehicle.
  • Plan your route to avoid small roads. Then memorize it so you don’t get distracted looking at signs or a map.
  • Tune your radio to find traffic information.
  • The essential rules in the event of bad weather of all kinds are to limit your speed and to keep your distance.
  • Ask yourself if your trip is really necessary. Never drive in extreme weather conditions if you don’t have to.

Get Yourself a Roadside Emergency Kit:

Prepare your vehicle by making sure you have everything you might need in an emergency, including:

  • Defroster
  • A scraper
  • A cell phone
  • A flashlight
  • Tow cables
  • Jumper cables
  • A jack and a spare wheel
  • A shovel
  • A warning triangle
  • Sackcloth to put under blocked wheels
  • A change of clothes
  • Coverage
  • A hot drink in a thermos
  • In case of heavy snowfall, you may need chains.

Stay Safe in Strong Winds:

  • An onslaught of winds can sway a car and make it difficult to drive, not to mention that the wind can send tree branches and other debris in your path.
  • Keep your eyes wide open and watch for potential dangers.
  • Firmly grip the steering wheel with both hands, especially if you are overtaking another vehicle.
  • Be careful with caravans and bicycles, which can get knocked off the road by moving air.

Keep your Senses Alert in Heavy Rain:

  • Leave double the braking distance between yourself and other cars and test your brakes. Lightly press the brake pedal every now and then, the friction will help keep them dry.
  • Drive with your low beam headlights to reduce glare, and put your wipers in fast mode.
  • When you cannot see more than 100 meters (320 feet), use your headlights.
  • If you are driving on a slippery road, don’t break. Release the accelerator to gradually slow down. Hold the steering wheel firmly and brace yourself: when the tires regain traction, they could cause the car to swerve.
  • Never enter standing water that is too deep for your car. Cross shallow water at a slow, steady speed.
  • After driving through a puddle, test your brakes right after or as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • If you can’t figure out the depth of a puddle, don’t go there.

If you are driving in extreme weather conditions, always put safety before punctuality. Better to arrive late and in one piece than to take unnecessary risks.