Be prepared the next time you’re driving in a downpour with these tips from AAA Car Doctor John Paul.
Turn on your headlights whenever your windshield wipers are in motion – it’s required by law in most states.
Avoid driving through large puddles, which can be deeper than they appear. Driving through one can damage important electrical components or force water into the engine, which could result in engine failure, Paul said.
Travel at a safe speed and do not exceed 45 mph. That will help keep you from hydroplaning, which is when your car slips and slides because the tires can’t displace all the water on the road.
Don’t be afraid to pull over during a major downpour. Just make sure you pull off the road completely.
Run your defroster during your trip to help keep the windows clear. This way you’ll be able to see and won’t be distracted by turning the defroster on and off.
If your windshield wipers aren’t clearing your windshield, don’t wait until the next rainstorm to replace them. Click here for tips on how to make your windshield wipers last.
For a thorough list of tips from AAA about driving in the rain, click here.
And for more driver advice, go to AAA.com/DosAndDonts.