Here is a list of Streetwise Driver Training most important factors to remember when driving safely in the rain:

  • Plan ahead – give yourself more travel time. This will allow you to drive at a slower, safer pace and cope with the probability of heavy traffic. 
  • Turn on your headlights – even in light rain – to help you see, and most importantly be seen by all other road users.
  • Turn on your front and rear defoggers to keep your windows clear.
  • It takes longer to stop in the wet, so increase your crash avoidance and reaction distance and drive at a slower pace than you normally would. Remember it always takes a second or two to react to an incident happening in front of you!
  • Brake earlier, and softer, than you normally would. This increases the stopping distance between you and the car in front, and signals to the driver behind that you’re slowing down as they can see your brake lights coming on!
  • Keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians – ordinarily attentive people may become distracted by opening an umbrella or rushing to get out of the wet, and they may find it harder to hear your approach over the sound of the rain. 
  • If you can’t see the road or the car in front of you – or you are feeling too anxious – safely pull over and wait until the rain eases.
  • If you don’t need to be on the road in heavy rain, plan not to drive.  If you are a passenger in the car, allow your driver to focus and offer little or no distraction.
  • Most importantly stay calm, turn your music down and keep your wipers on and concentrate.