Updated March 16th, 2017

Herndon, Virginia - Everyone knows that it's much better to avoid driving in heavy rain conditions rather than taking unnecessary chances. However, this option isn't always available. For this reason there are some driving in the rain safety tips you should consider, because they dramatically lower the risk of getting into an accident.

- Sufficient Tread on Tires

Always make sure there is sufficient tread on the tires of the car, because it will influence the grip it has on the road. Even though this rule is important for dry conditions as well, it's even more significant when the road is slippery.

- Durable Wiper Blades

Wiper blades don't really stay effective for very long, which is why they need to get replaced quite often. The moment they start to tear, streak or even squeak it's an indication to get a new pair, because they are crucial for having a clear vision of the road when the rain pours down.

- Safe Distances

Never make any risky assumptions while driving in the rain and always keep a safe distance from the car in front. Remember that even at a low speed the car can still skid along the road, especially if you slam on the brakes too quickly.

- Safe Speed

It's better to arrive late than not arriving at all, and this is why your speed during a rainstorm should be minimal. Given that your view of the road is being obstructed and it is slippery, nobody will blame you for being cautious or for driving at a comfortable speed. Apart from helping you to avoid an accident it can definitely minimize the damage if one occurs.

- Be Mindful

Get rid of any distractions and be prepared for unexpected situations. The best way to handle uncontrollable situations while it's raining is to simply remove your foot from the gas and gently steer in the direction you want to go. Under no circumstances should you jerk the steering wheel to the side or hit the brakes, especially when the car starts skidding.

Don't drive in the rain without taking these safety tips into consideration first, because they can mean the difference between arriving at your destination safely and becoming part of a nightmare.

*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair. Copyright Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto March 2017