How to Drive Safely this Rainy Season

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April is fast approaching and so are those famous rain showers. Getting caught in the rain while you’re driving can be stressful, so here are some ways to handle the situation, courtesy of Mister Wash professionals:

Take It Slow

Go easy on the accelerator when the roads are wet and slippery. The first ten minutes of a rain shower are the most hazardous, and hydroplaning can occur when you’re going as slow at 35 mph. Hydroplaning happens when rain combines with oil residue found on the road’s surface. You may have noticed rainbows on the asphalt; those are indicators of the rain coming into contact with the residue. This reaction causes a film that prevents your tires from getting traction.

Avoid tailgating other cars. If you don’t leave enough room between yourself and the car ahead of you, you could end up hitting them, whether you brake or not. The road is slippery, so anything can happen. To be safe, adapt the two-second rule to six seconds; the two-second rule says to choose a fixed object ahead of you, like a sign or tree. You are to let the car pass the object before counting two Mississippis and proceeding to the fixed object yourself. It’s recommended that you slow down your driving if you pass your fixed object before getting to the second Mississippi. In rainy weather, this rule needs to be modified to six seconds to allow ample room between yourself and the car ahead of you.

It is equally unsafe to drive fast or slow in a heavy downpour because you’ll be driving blindly. In this situation, your only safe option is to pull over somewhere and wait for it to pass.

The main takeaway is to obey Aesop’s advice: “Slow and steady wins the race.”

Light the Way

Many people drive in the rain without turning their headlights on. Even if you feel you don’t need them to see, it’s better to turn them on for other drivers to see you. And, it’s essential to turn your lights on in a downpour. Remember that your high beams are for fog and not rain because they will hinder rather than help other drivers by causing accidents.

Prepare Your Car for the Rain

Mister Wash will take care of the key parts of your car that you use in the rain, such as:

  • Wiper blades
  • Lights
  • Tires
  • Brakes

These features get a lot of wear and tear from all the hard work they do to protect you and your family. By having Mister Wash tend to all your car’s needs, you’ll be able to feel safer when you drive through your next rain shower. We offer the added convenience of detailing and cleaning your car anywhere and anytime, so there’s no reason to put it off anymore unless you were abducted by aliens. In that case, we’ll give you a free pass.

But when you’ve come back to Ontario, look into our mobile car wash services. Our professionals are available seven days a week starting at 7:00 a.m., and we cover Toronto and the GTA for your convenience. Give us a call today at 647-985-WASH.

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