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Safe Driving In The Rain

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Safe Driving In The Rain

Tracy Dawson
May 24, 2006

Although summer is coming, the rain could be pouring any time. You see, sometimes in the summer, because we all think that it is the season for the sun, we are not prepared when the rains come unexpectedly. However, it is really very important that we do know how to drive in the rain just to be on the safe side. After all, when the rains come after long days of sunshine, expect the roads and streets to be quite slippery from all the oil and other grime that has leaked out of cars and other vehicles.

You should always make sure that your windshields as well as your windows are clean. This should be checked not only from the inside but on the outside part as well. You should check this before you actually drive out. It is important to clean all your windows regularly so that dirt would not accumulate and so that you would have a clear view of the road ahead.

It is important that you also make sure that you check your headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals. Check if all of these are functioning. You would not want to be caught dead in the middle of a great downpour without any working lights. Lights assist in giving you greater vision when driving in the rain. Aside from your vehicle’s lights, check and make sure that your windshield wiper motor is also functioning. Look at your wiper blades and see if they are still in good condition. If the wiper blades are already worn out or are already split, change them immediately.

Drive slower than the speed limit when driving in the rain especially when the rain turns out to be more than a downpour. You should also keep in mind to keep a greater distance compared to the normal distance you put in from the car ahead of you. This way, if you do need to brake in a hurry, you would be able to more or less avoid collisions.

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