Oops. I’m late today. Oh well.

The rain lately has been getting worse and worse and I think today’s the worst it’s been in a few months. That being said, people still have things to do—people still have to get groceries, go to work, take kids to school, do laundry! I’m kind of salty about not being able to do laundry. Anyway, people still have to go out and drive in the rain to continue with daily life. However, driving becomes significantly more dangerous when it rains and I don’t know if people realize that enough. There’s no need to be afraid of driving in the rain, you just need to adjust and do so safely.

The biggest thing I think that affects people that they assume leaving at the same time as usual will mean they get to their destination at the same time as usual. Wrong! If I covered your eyes with a blindfold and told you to walk forward, you’d do so much more slowly than normal. People also tend to drive more slowly when rain makes the windshield all blurry; or at least they should. So please, PLEASE allow yourself more travel time to reach your destination.

Next! Give yourself extra break room. The roads become more difficult for your tires to grip and you may slide somewhat. So make sure there’s some extra space between you and the car ahead of you unless you’d like to be blamed for a fender bender.

Turn your headlights on! Your vision is already skewed with the rain on your windshield, it’d be nice to see the people driving in the opposite direction so you don’t collide. They feel the same way, so make yourself more visible by turning on your headlights.

One of the biggest things you should remember is to avoid running water. Australia is prone to severe flooding which can affect traffic and block roads. It’s hard to gauge the depth of water and the strength of the current. The last thing you want is to be swept away. If it’s flooded, forget it!

If the rain is pouring down and you’re not entirely comfortable driving through it, just don’t go. It may be annoying, but you can plan something else for dinner or delay laundry or postpone your lunch date. You may be able to do some of your work from home but I’m sure your employer would understand that you’d rather not risk your life in the storm.

Info: NRMA https://www.mynrma.com.au/cars-and-driving/driver-training-and-licences/resources/driving-in-the-rain

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