Believe it or not, driving in the rain can actually be more dangerous than driving in the snow. Drivers rarely change their driving habit just because it’s raining, causing more opportunities for accidents in the wet, hazardous conditions. With the Pacific Northwest rainy season upon us, here are some helpful tips for safely driving in the rain from your Ford team at Sunset Ford!
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, your likelihood of a crash during wet, rainy conditions is higher than wintery conditions such as snow and sleet. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips for safely driving in the rain from Sunset Ford near Seattle:
- Ensure that your car is rain-ready. Preventative driving is the safest kind of driving and that includes checking your tire pressure and windshield wipers, and ensuring your brakes, headlights, taillights and turn signals are working properly. Our Ford service department at Sunset Ford is here to serve your automotive service needs!
- Slow down. Your tires lose traction with wet road conditions. A good rule of thumb is to reduce your speed a third when it is raining or the roads are still wet.
- Understand what vehicle features are helpful. As advanced as many vehicle features may be, wet conditions may affect your vehicle systems’ sensors and reduce their reliability. When it’s raining, we do not advise that you rely on vehicle systems such as cruise control, forward collision warning systems or even adaptive cruise control.
- Maintain a safe distance between vehicles. Because wet conditions can negatively affect your vehicle features, it is critical that you increase your driving distance between other vehicles.
These simple but highly effective safe driving tips are crucial when you’re out and about on the wet and rainy Pacific Northwest roads. Our Ford service department at Sunset Ford in Sumner, WA near Seattle is here to answer any questions you might have and to service your vehicle to ensure you’re ready to drive in wet, hazardous conditions.