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Angelenos Against Gridlock is an advocate for a world-class transportation system for Los Angeles County, the most populous county in America.

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It's Raining! Follow these Driving Tips

David Murphy

For the first time in quite a while, it’s raining in Southern California, and unfortunately, Angelenos tend to be pretty horrible drivers in the rain. (We know — not you, but everyone else. You’re a great rain driver, surely!) It’s one of the side effects of our wonderful weather: people forget how to drive in the rain.

  • Turn your headlights on. Wipers on? Headlights need to be on — it’s the law! And it really makes a difference in your visibility to other drivers. (It’s pretty appalling how few people on the road today actually are obeying this law — making it dangerous out there. Tell you friends: turn on your headlights in the rain, day or night!
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination. Safety is paramount.
  • Drive slowly and carefully. Don’t make sudden sharp turns, and be when accelerating or braking, try to do so gradually. 
  • Don’t let yourself get detracted by cell phones. Your attention is especially important during difficult rainy conditions.
  • Look twice for bikes, motorcycles, and pedestrians. Yes, some people don’t have a choice and are out there getting wet — and it can be harder to see them in the rain.
  • Know that your brakes will work significantly worse in the rain — especially after you go through a big puddle of water. Allow extra stopping distance.

These tips just skim the surface. Read more advice at sites like Smart Motorist and Edmunds.com.