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5 Tips to Driving Safely in the Rain

Long drives are a great way to relax—unless it’s rainy seasons. The roads are slick with water and the constant downpour visually impairs drivers. While it’s recommended you avoid driving in heavy rainfall, if rain is a constant factor in your area, it can’t be avoided.

Use these safety tips to make driving safer in rainy seasons.

Install new wiper blades

Wiper blades are your saving grace in rainy weather. They provide a clear vision and prevent the screen from getting dirty or blurry. Damaged or dirty wipers do more harm than good. One crocked wiper can leave you with a scarred windscreen in middle of a flooded highway. Instead of dealing with a costly windscreen repair, replace wipers, before the rainy season arrives.

Turn to headlights, not hazard lights

Let’s get one thing cleared; hazard lights should only be used to indicate a driving emergency like, failed brakes or a flat tire.

Some states consider use of hazard lights in non-emergency situation an illegal act. Avoid using hazard lights in rain. It’s not only unnecessary but can also blind other drivers.

Use normal headlights to navigate in rainy weather.

Take it slow

The mixture of water, oil, and dirt makes the road slick and slippery. It’s easier to lose control of the vehicle during rain.

Drive slowly and cautiously. Keep your eyes on the cars ahead. If you are driving slowly, hitting the brakes will be much easier.

Have an action plan for hydroplaning

Hydroplaning happens when the tires lose traction, after hitting a puddle or slick surface. Driver loses control of the car, as the wheels glide across a wet surface. Many drivers encounter hydroplaning during rainy days, which means you need to be prepared.

Firstly, drive slowly when the road is wet. If your car loses control, take your foot off the accelerator and keep the steering straight, until you regain control.

Red alert

Don’t lose focus of the road. Avoid distracted driving and keep your hands on the wheel at all times. If you feel tired or sleepy, make a stop, rest and continue your journey.

Use these tips to make roads safer during rainy weather. Enrol in accelerated or defensive driving classes to drive safely in any kind of weather.

A & J Driving School provides academic and practical driving classes in Edmonton area. Our experienced instructors have designed variety of driving courses such as, beginner, accelerated, intermediate, online, stimulator, classroom-only driving lessons, and defensive driving courses.  

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Should Your Teen be Taking Driver’s Ed yet?

Seeing your kid grow up into a mature adult is the ultimate reward of parenting. But letting go of some reins can be difficult for a parent.

According to a survey, the leading cause of death among youngsters aged 15-19 years old is car collision. After seeing countless accidents reported on news and online, letting your kid behind the wheel can be a nerve-racking experience.

You can’t keep your kids confined in the safety of your home. They need to learn and grow. If you believe your kid is old enough to sit behind a wheel, enroll them in a beginners’ driving course. Take these things into consideration to determine whether your teen is ready to take the wheel for a drive around the block.

Has my teen reached the legal driving age?

The legal driving age is different for every state. Consult your local authorities to learn about the legal driving age in your area.

Generally, a probationary driver’s licence is issued at the age of 16, given the person had a learner’s permit for one year.

A non-probationary driver’s licence is obtained after two years of probationary licence issuance. With a learner’s permit, a 14-year-old can learn how to drive under the guidance of an adult above the age of 18 years old. If your child has shown interest in driving, enrolling them in a driver’s-ed class is a great idea.

Is your teen mature?

Being a parent, you can assess your teen’s maturity in following rules and taking instruction.  Evaluate their school performance, punctuality, and decision-making skills.

All these qualities are put to a test on the road. If your kid is responsible enough to handle homework and doing house chores, he/she are more likely to be responsible on the road.

Do they follow pedestrian rules and pay attention to road signs, when crossing roads? Attention to detail is a necessary for road-skills. Your child’s maturity will play a huge role in making them a safe driver.