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.