Learn to drive!

I hate to lecture people, but please, learn how to drive when it is raining.  For starters, turn on your headlights.  Most states require you to turn your lights on whenever you turn on your windshield wipers.  But for a matter of safe practice, do it even if your state doesn’t.  Do you have any idea how hard it is to see a gray car driving down the highway with no lights on when there is dense road spray and/or heavy rain is coming down?  It is next to impossible.  The car blends in perfectly with its surroundings.  So please, ALWAYS turn your lights on.

Secondly, don’t tailgate.  People drive too closely to one another as it is when the road is dry.  Do you remember the three-second rule?  That is, leave three seconds between you and the car in front of you.   When it is raining, your ability to stop is decreased, so you need to leave more room between you and the car in front of you.  And, if the vehicle two cars in front you happens to be a gray car without their lights on (hint, hint), you might be finding yourself having to break quickly due to an accident.

Lastly, use your turn indicators.  You should be using them anyway, but please, use them when it is raining.  It is hard enough to see the lines dividing the lanes in the rain.  If you drift from one lane to another, the people behind you might not know you are actually changing lanes, rather that the lane is shifting.  This could cause the cars behind you to accidentally drift into a different lane and possibly causing an accident.

Ok, this ends my quick rant on driving.  Remember, you are driving a heavy piece of machinery that can kill if not operated properly.  While you might be confident in your driving skills, you still need to take extra caution and practice smart driving habits in bad weather.  After all, I want you all to live to read my blog!


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