Here’s what I do when driving in bad weather like this week’s rainstorms:
- Drop my usual speed 10-15 MPH, maybe more if conditions are really bad.
- Don’t use cruise control.
- Leave more space between me and the car in front of me. Be prepared to slow down if someone merges between us.
- Turn on my headlights.
- Keep an eye out for standing water on the road. Try to avoid large puddles if possible, slow down (but not too quickly) if not.
- Stay in the rightmost lane if I’m one of the slower cars on the road.
I actually always drive with my lights on, day and night, good weather and bad. This is because years ago our local traffic newspaper columnist Mr. Roadshow had columns which noted two things: First, that driving with your lights on all the time runs only about $3 per year (probably all the way up to $6 with higher gas prices), and second, a trucker who said he found it much easier to see cars on the road in all conditions because nothing else really looks like a car headlight. I decided if it made it easier for truckers to see me, then it’s well worth the minuscule cost.