How To Stay Safe When Driving In The Rain*

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while now you may have seen my post way back in February about the fact that I had been driving for one year. It’s now been 18 months since I’ve passed my test and in that time I’ve had my fair share of driving experiences, (hitting a wall, accidentally hitting a man on a bike, driving on the motoway…) but I’d like to think that I’m now a better driver than ever because of those experiences.

One thing that I still dislike about driving however, is driving in the rain. I know most people don’t particular like driving in the rain, but I really bloody hate it. I’ll always do it, because I never like to let fear stop me from doing things but it’s deffo not my favourite thing in the world. But, I live in England, and with the UK experiencing up to 156 days of rainfall a year, it ‘s clear to see why we all have to become accustomed to driving in the rain.

That’s not to say that it doesn’t come without its dangers though, so today I wanted to write a post encouraging you all to take more care when driving in the rain.

Use your headlights

They’re there for a reason: USE THEM. Headlights are incredibly useful when it’s raining as it allows other drivers to see you more clearly, thus reducing the likelihood of them crashing into you. When it’s raining, the atmosphere is generally darker and more gloomy, therefore it’s imperative that you’re able to see effectively.

Slow down!

Obviously you should maintain a safe, suitable speed when driving in the rain but it’s a good idea to reduce your speed. When driving in the rain, your stopping distance is multiplied by two so ensure that you brake in plenty of time.

Keep your windows clear

It’s obviously essential to keep your windows clear at all times, but particularly when driving in the rain as visibility can become severely reduced, especially if your windows steam up. It’s a good idea to keep the heating on a low heat so that your windows are constantly clear.

Ensure that your tyres are in good condition

The legal tread depth of tyres is a minimum of 1.6mm in a continuous circle around the central three quarters of the tyre (I remember memorising that religiously when I was doing my theory and practical test!). This means that your tyres need to be kept in good condition so that they don’t become bald; this can mean less grip for you on the roads. You can reserve cheap tyres online at Point S so that you’ll never have to worry about your tyres wearing thin and becoming dangerous to drive on!

Use your windscreen wipers

This may seem like a fairly obvious point but it’s still an incredibly important one. It’s also ideal to replace windscreen wipers every six to twelve months to ensure that they are doing the job correctly.

Drive with both hands on the wheel

Again, this one may seem like an obvious point but it’s remarkable how many people only use one hand to drive with. It’s extremely dangerous in good weather conditions, but driving without both hands on the wheel when it’s raining can be incredibly dangerous as it could cause you to lose control.

What to do if you aquaplane

Aquaplaning is when water gets in between the car tyres and the road and this causes the driver to lose control. You should be able to tell if you’re aquaplaning as your steering will become very light and there’ll be little to no grip. In this situation, you must remain very calm and composed, ease off the accelerator, do not brake and allow your speed to gradually reduce until you can regain control of your car. It can be a very scary thing if this happens, particularly if the weather is very bad, but you should try and remain as calm as possible.

Have you got any advice on how to drive safely in the rain? Which conditions do you find the worst to drive in? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

*This post was sponsored by Point S but all thoughts and opinions regarding driving safely are entirely my own. Please see my disclaimer for more.

36 Comments

  1. 20th August 2017 / 6:17 pm

    I hate driving in the rain 🙁

    • chloedickenson
      20th August 2017 / 10:36 pm

      I completely understand! X

  2. 20th August 2017 / 6:47 pm

    So many important things to remember in this post especially now that we’re coming up to autumn

    • chloedickenson
      20th August 2017 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks lovely, that’s certainly true! X

  3. 20th August 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I love driving in the rain, if you stick to these safety tips you’ve given it’s just as safe as any other condition. Great post lovely! Xxxxxxx

    lucylovesbeautyxo.com

    • chloedickenson
      20th August 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! Xxx

  4. 20th August 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I LOVED READING THIS. I did one very similar but about the dangers of driving in the sun! I found it really interesting to research! thanks for sharing though! this post is great for anyone!

    Sophia xo // sophiaaaxo.com

    • chloedickenson
      20th August 2017 / 10:35 pm

      Ah thank you ever so much Sophia! That’s means a lot to me! Xxx

  5. Kayleigh Zara
    21st August 2017 / 12:17 am

    I’ve always enjoyed driving especially driving in the rain, I’ve seen someone panic whilst aquaplaining and they panicked and crashed really badly, luckily they weren’t injured can’t say the same about the car though x

    Kayleigh Zara 🌿www.kayleighzaraa.com

    • chloedickenson
      21st August 2017 / 7:56 am

      Oh my goodness, that’s not good! That’s definitely why you should try and stay calm, although it’s obviously easier said than done xx

  6. 21st August 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Such an informative post! Loved reading it, I absolutely bloody love driving & you’re right, with the UK experiencing so much rainfall we have to get accustomed to it! I sometimes even turn my fog light on when its POURING down like a storm and it goes all misty! I just wanted to drop a comment as well to say I’ve tagged you in my beauty blogger tag post 🙂 I’d love it if you could check it out, I think if I leave the entire link to the post directly it’ll get marked up as spam, but its the latest post on my blog 💙 xx

    https://thetypicalbeautyblog.wordpress.com

    • chloedickenson
      21st August 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! I’ll be reading this and getting round to writing my post soon xx

  7. 21st August 2017 / 4:32 pm

    I actually don’t have my licence yet but I can see myself having a love hate relationship with driving in the rain. I’ve always found the rain to be so peaceful so I can imagine wanting to take drives out in the rain at times but I hate it when it’s super heavy and accompanied by lots of lightning haha. I’ll have to keep these wonderful tips in mind!

    • chloedickenson
      21st August 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks gorgeous! And good luck for when you do have your licence! Xx

  8. 22nd August 2017 / 1:21 am

    Such a good post, I’m hoping to be able to drive by this time next year

  9. abbeylouisarose
    22nd August 2017 / 8:14 am

    This is such an important post, Chloe! I had actually no idea what to do when aquaplaning so this has taught my some vital info! I am surprised there isn’t more than 156 days of rain in England per year, it feels like a lot more than that haha! Thank you for sharing!

    Abbey 🌸 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      23rd August 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Ah I’m glad you found it useful Abbey! And I was surprised as well haha! Xx

    • chloedickenson
      23rd August 2017 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much lovely ❤️ xx

  10. 22nd August 2017 / 10:18 pm

    These tips are super important x

  11. 23rd August 2017 / 9:35 am

    Coming from someone who’s a bit of a pants driver. This post has definitely given me a few tips to remember.
    xxx

    • chloedickenson
      23rd August 2017 / 8:29 pm

      I’m glad lovely! X

  12. Terri Heckley
    23rd August 2017 / 10:47 am

    Nothing irritates me more than people going too fast in wet conditions. Great post lovely x

    Terri / http://www.territalks.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      23rd August 2017 / 8:29 pm

      I totally agree! Thank you 😘 x

  13. 23rd August 2017 / 11:56 am

    I hate driving anyway whether it is raining or not. Great post informing people of the dangers, this will be really helpful for new drivers x

    • chloedickenson
      23rd August 2017 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you lovely! X

  14. 23rd August 2017 / 2:17 pm

    I’m only beginning my driving lessons so this was really helpful, takes away the fear x

    • chloedickenson
      23rd August 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you lovely x

  15. Harriet Day
    23rd August 2017 / 8:29 pm

    This is a great post, really informative with some good tips.

    • chloedickenson
      23rd August 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you Harriet! Xx

  16. 24th August 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Great post and tips here. I’ve never learned to drive so far, but one thing that really put me off was the thought of driving in the rain so these tips make me a little more confident to take the plunge.

    Holly x
    http://www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

  17. 24th August 2017 / 5:46 pm

    Great driving tips. Keeping your tyres in good shape is my top tip.

  18. Olivia Mulhearn
    24th August 2017 / 8:51 pm

    such useful tips!

  19. Lauren
    8th September 2017 / 9:40 pm

    Some great tips here Chloe! I actually don’t mind driving in the rain, but i should probably learn to slow down slightly when it rains.

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

    • chloedickenson
      10th September 2017 / 11:26 am

      Thank you Lauren xx

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