Thanks to our friends at Neighborhood Auto Repair Specialists (NARPRO) for these timely rainy-day driving tips.
1) Slow Down - The posted speed limit may not always be the safest speed to drive during in-climate weather. Slower speeds allow for more stopping time and safer distances.
2) Pull Over - Dust storms are quite common during monsoon season. Try avoiding the roads if there is a dust storm or pull off to the side of the road if one hits unexpectedly. In the instance you are caught driving in a dust storm, be sure to drive with your headlights on and to slow down. If you need to stop driving, pull off the road entirely, try to avoid stopping in the emergency should area. Once off the roadway, turn off all of the vehicle lights and remove your foot from the brake so other drivers do not follow you.
3) Avoid Flooding - It is important not to drive through areas where the roadway has been closed by barricades due to flooding. It is hard to know how deep the water is or how fast it is running. Besides being against the law, it is very dangerous for you and your vehicle to drive through flooded roadways.
4) Check Your Vehicle - Make sure your vehicle is running properly and all of your head and tail lights are illuminating. It is also important to have your tires inflated to the proper air pressure for increased stability and traction control. Of course, be sure your windshield wipers are not worn and in need of replacement, and check to be sure your brakes are in good condition.
5) Buckle Up - ALWAYS wear your safety restraints and be patient and courteous. Remember other motorists are facing the same weather conditions as you.