Looks like California is going to be getting some more rain again.  We aren’t used to this weather so I wanted to share some tips to keep us safe in the rain!

Driving:

  1. Stay Alert!
    • A lot of drivers do the same route everyday, to and from work, and zone out while driving.  Although never ideal, it’s especially bad when it’s raining.  Be extra cautious of breaking vehicles, wet spots in the road, and just your general surroundings.
  2.  Lights!
    • Not only is having your headlights on the law, it’s in your best interest.  It’ll make it easier for you to see and easier for you to be seen.  In heavy rain, it can obstruct vision, having your lights on will make your more visible to the cars around you.
  3.  Don’t Hydroplane!
    • Easier said than done, obviously, but this goes back to #1, be aware of your surroundings.  All you need is one twelfth of an inch of water to hydroplane. When you start hydroplaning, it’s important to stay calm, let off the accelerator, and steer straight until you regain control.
  4.   Cruise Control!
    • Don’t use it.  You’d think having a steady speed would be safer, but actually, it can be very dangerous because it you start hydroplaning with cruise control on, you will endlessly accelerate, which could put you in a really unsafe situation.
  5. Slow Down!
    • The speed limit is set for ideal conditions.  The rain is not an ideal situation, so driving at or above the speed limit is not in your best interest.  The slick roads also make it more difficult to slow down, so going slower and giving more space in front of you is the safest decision.

These are just a few tips to stay safe while driving in the rain, we’ll be writing a few more posts to address safety when outside, at home and when the power goes out, stay tuned!  To get up to date alerts on when we’ve released a new blog, follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook.

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