Most People Don’t Really Know How To Drive In The Rain

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Statistics show 40% of vehicle crashes happen in the rain. Louisiana gets a lot of rain. Most folks don’t really know proper techniques for driving in rainy weather. Seemingly everyone knows to at least turn the windshield wipers on. There’s a lot more to it than that. Visibility is critical. If your wipers are on, your lights should be, too. It’s the law in the Bayou State. It’s also common sense. Other drivers can’t avoid what they can’t see. Exploring further into the issue of visibility, turn your windshield and rear window defoggers on.

Now comes the harder part, maneuvering in the rain. It’s a lot like driving on ice, especially in Acadiana. Roadways here get very slippery in the rain, especially at the beginning of a rainstorm. Allow extra room between you & the vehicle in front of you. If your car starts to hydroplane, don’t slam on the brakes. That will cause you to totally lose control. Take your foot off the gas, Instead. Lightly tap the brake. If you start to skid, steer into it, without using the brake. Using these techniques will hopefully help you avoid trouble in Louisiana’s rainy weather.