The following are common tips to drive safely in rain.
These safety suggestions are also the most common questions and answers about driving in rain on your written knowledge exam.
- Many road pavements are the most slippery when it first starts to rain or snow because oil and dust have not yet washed away. On hot days, heat causes oil in the asphalt to come to the surface. That is why you should slow down at the first sign of rain.
- Keep a proper speed. Never overdrive your headlights and understand the risk of hydroplaning. Your tires can lose all contact with the road at speeds around 50 – 55 mph.
- Hydroplaning occurs in heavy rain and fast speeds. It means that your tires start riding on top of a thin layer of water. This can lead to uncontrolled skidding or drifting out of your lane.
- If you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding, ease your foot off the gas until the vehicle slows and you can feel traction on the road again. Do NOT brake or turn suddenly. If you need to brake, do it gently.
- When you need to stop or slow, take your foot off the accelerator to slow whenever possible or maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal.
- Maintain proper following distance. In bad weather and on slippery roads, you need to increase your following distance to more than three seconds.
- On multi-lane highways, stay toward the middle lanes, since water tends to pool in outside lanes.
- Use your low beam headlights. High beams may reflect back and cause glare in heavy rain.
- Avoid the glare of oncoming lights, by looking down to your right. Glare of oncoming lights can cause temporary loss of visibility and increase driver fatigue on long trips.
- Watch out for places where floodwater collects, particularly low-lying roads adjacent to streams, and dips under rail or highway bridges.
- Never drive through deep, moving water. Your vehicle could be swept off the road.
- Avoid driving through deep water, always make sure you can see the road through any water.
- Do not use your cruise control on slippery road conditions. Cruise control can cause loss of tire traction on wet or icy roads.
DMV Questions and Answers about Driving in Rain
#1. When driving on wet roadways, you should remember:
Both statements are correct. It takes longer to stop on a wet road and wet pavements can cause your car to hydroplane.
#2. If you are driving and it starts to rain, you should:
When driving in rain, you must adjust your speed.
#3. When driving through fog or rain, it is advisable to:
When driving in rain, you should turn on your low beam headlights. In many states, you are required by law to turn on your headlights when windshield wipers are in use.
#4. Roadways are most slippery:
Many roads are most slippery when rain starts to fall and mixes with road dirt and oil and forms a greasy film. If a road is slippery, your tires can lose traction and your car can hydroplane.
#5. You are driving in busy traffic on the interstate. It begins to rain lightly. What should you do?
Many road pavements are more slippery when it first starts to rain. That is why you should slow down at the first sign of rain.
DMV Questions about Skids
Questions on how to recover from a skid are not common on DMV tests, since theory doesn’t always help in a real-life situation. But should you get one on your test, there are basically three things that tell you the same thing:
- Steer in the direction of or into the skid.
- Look down the road and steer in that direction.
- Steer in the direction you want to go.
If you are a new driver, ask a driving school if they can help you practice this. It is often a very good idea and worth the cost