Rainy Weather Driving Tips

April showers bring May flowers, but April showers or thunderstorms can also bring challenging driving conditions. Of course, the best defense is to avoid driving in inclement weather, but here in the Upper Midwest, where our weather is varied and can change quickly, we know that isn’t always possible. So, to help minimize your risk, here are 10 tips to put into place this rainy season.

Butler & Associates top tips for safe driving in the rain

  1. Slow down. Slick roads mean extra time for stopping your vehicle.
  2. Leave extra distance between you and the car ahead of you.
  3. Make it easy for others (pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles) to see you. Turn on your lights, not your high-beams. Don’t rely on vehicle running lights, as on most vehicle models running lights do not also illuminate taillights. *Note: to minimize risk of infractions – if you are planning a road-trip, look into state driving laws where you will be driving. Many states have laws requiring driver’s lights are on while windshield wipers are on. Minnesota and Iowa require headlights on whenever driving in adverse weather conditions.
  4. Keep your vehicle in good operating order. Make sure the tread on your tires is in good condition which will improve traction, maintain wiper blades and washer fluid levels, make sure all head and taillights are operating.
  5. Minimize risk of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when the vehicle loses traction and skids on a layer of water on the road. It is one of the top causes of accidents in rainy weather. Avoid driving through standing water when possible and safe to do so.
  6. If your vehicle is hydroplaning, take foot off the gas to decelerate and avoid sharp turns or breaking hard.
  7. Avoid using cruise control, driving actively helps drivers be in tune with changing road conditions and can assist with reaction time.
  8. Do not drive distracted. Refrain from accessing cell phone while driving. If you need to use your phone, best to pull over.
  9. Know your route. If digital navigation is needed, best to program destination and review route before driving.
  10. Plan for extra drive time. Poor weather often means delays that are beyond your control.

At Butler & Associates Insurance Agency, we know accidents happen, and we’re here to help make sure you have the insurance coverage you need in the event of an incident.
If you are wondering if you have the right protection, contact our office via phone, text or online. We are here to offer the coverage you need, with the 5-star service you deserve.

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