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How to Drive in Rain or Fog

Learn how to drive in rain or fog in this Howcast video with A-Club Driving School.

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So today we're going to try to give you some good safe driving tips for driving in rain or fog. And the main problem with driving in these conditions is that our visibility is not as good as it's going to be on a nice, sunny day. By driving in rain, it's going to cut down on the visibility around our vehicle. The first thing we have to remember to do is to put our windshield wipers during the rain. When you put the windshield wipers on, this will clean our window if our wiper blades are clean. So we have to make sure we change the blades. Keep them new so that when we turn them on, it's going to clean the windshield in a proper manner.

The second thing is, when you put the wiper blades on you want to make sure you turn on your headlights. It's law in most states that when the wipers go on, the headlights must also go on. So you have to get a situation where your wipers and headlights are used together, increasing your effectiveness during driving in the rain.

The second problem with driving in rain might be a condition called hydroplaning. And what that means is that when it first starts to rain, what the rain does is it loosens the oils that might be on the roadway. The oils will float up, and therefore your car might be in a situation where it's sitting on top of oil. It's not actually sitting on the roadway. What do you do if this situation happens? You generally just slow down, let that car settle down. It will therefore grab the roadway again, and then you'll be able to safely operate your vehicle.

The next thing I want to talk about is driving in fog. And basically what's going to happen in a fog situation is that you're not going to be able to see far ahead of the vehicle. Also if your lights are on during the fog, the glare from the headlight is going to come right back into your eyes, therefore making driving more dangerous. So in the fog, again, you want to use low beams not high beams. The high beam will come right back toward you. You want to keep your low beams on, and you want to try to look down and drive slower. The slower you drive, the better it's going to be, because you're not going to be able to see well in either rain or fog.

So that would be the best tip I could give you for driving in those situations. Just drive a little bit slower, therefore being able to compensate for the poor visibility in rain or in fog.

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