Safely Driving in the Rain
1. Make checking your wiper blades a part of your every day inspection routine. If the blades are worn, replace them immediately. Even a few seconds in a heavy rain without wipers can result in a serious accident. Carry spares always.
2. Make sure your high beams are on during daylight hours when driving in the rain.
3. Do not change lanes in heavy rain with reduced visibility caused by heavy rain or spray from the road. Maintain your lane no matter how slow the traffic in front of you. Even though you feel you have enough visibility to do so, vehicles near you may not because of your tire spray, and will possibly try to enter a lane the same time as you.
4. Use your hazard lights in heavy rain. Try to be as visible as possible to traffic around you.
5. Do not follow too close or make sudden lane changes. Do not slow down suddenly with your brakes as vehicles behind you in your tire spray may not be able to see your brake lights as they come on.
6. Turn on your defroster fans and mirror heaters as the inside of your cab glass and mirrors will quickly fog up, reducing your visibility.
7. Turn your radio off, as you do not need any distractions and you need to be able to hear any warning horns.
8. If the rain is too heavy, get off the road as soon as you safely can to avoid becoming involved in an accident. Do not push an unsafe situation. Let the storm pass, heavy rains rarely last more than a few minutes. But if you are traveling in the same direction as the storm you can be in it for a long period of time