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Chauffeur Advice: Driving in Rainy Weather

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015 by Corporate Transportation No Comments

st louis limo serviceDriving carefully is always important, but when driving in rainy weather, certain precautions should be taken. As a smart motorist, you understand that road conditions are different when wet compared to dry. In addition, seeing other drivers, pedestrians, road signs, and even the actual road is more challenging. By following a few simple rules, there is a much better chance of arriving at your destination safely. Here is our very best chauffeur advice for driving in the rain safely.

Safety Recommendations

  • Before driving, check your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.
  • Because it takes longer to stop or make adjustments during rainy weather, slow down.
  • Typically, water pools to the outside lanes, so stay in the middle lane whenever possible.
  • Stay in the tracks of the car in front of you for better traction.
  • Never follow any vehicle too closely, especially large buses and trucks that spray water, causing impaired vision.
  • Whenever possible, allow your vehicle to slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator as opposed to braking.
  • Pay more attention to conditions and brake lights in front of you when driving in rainy weather.
  • Always have your headlights on so you can see the road better and to also help other drivers see you.
  • To help vehicles behind see your vehicle easier, use daytime running lights if applicable.
  • Avoid any off-road driving since judging the true depth of puddles is impossible. The same is true for driving through moving water. In this case, the depth, as well as how fast the water is moving, cannot be determined.
  • Be sure you never drive beyond the limits of your visibility since the glaring lights from oncoming traffic can actually intensify the appearance of rain on the windshield and cause driver fatigue.
  • If at any time rainfall becomes torrential to the point of barely being able to see, find a safe place to pull over and wait for the rain to calm down.
  • Fogged up windows can be a huge problem during rain. Even if outside temperatures are hot, you need to crank up the heat on the inside of the vehicle and use the defroster mode on your air-conditioning to clear the windows.
  • To prevent skidding on a wet road, take curves much slower than usual, brake before entering curves, and always steer and brake gently. If you skid, remain calm, ease off the gas, and steer in the direction that you want to car to travel.

Hiring a Professional Chauffeur

On extremely bad rainy days, you might want to consider leaving the driving to a professional chauffeur. This individual is specially trained and accustomed to driving in all types of weather conditions. As a result, you will arrive to work without feeling stressed and get there safer.

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