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Why Do People Seem To Forget How To Drive In The Rain?

Driving in the rain
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Wipers on, lights on. Pedal on the right. Two basic things to remember when driving in the rain. So why do so many people find it so difficult?

Here’s the thing. On a day like today, when it’s raining pretty hard, and it’s pretty dark out, it seems like it would be common sense to put your headlights on. It’s also important to note that it’s a state law. Know why? BECAUSE NO ONE CAN SEE YOU.

Next, I understand that some people are just nervous drivers. My best friend is one of these people (don’t worry, she’ll admit it too). She doesn’t like highways, she gets uncomfortable very easily if she’s driving in a narrow lane or in a new place, and is generally just not a confident driver. Aside from driving more often to make yourself more comfortable, you won’t be able to help this.

Keeping that in mind, if driving in the rain is going to give you anxiety, you should probably stay home. Have someone else drive. Call a taxi. Just don’t get on the road.

It’s rain, people, not Armageddon. You can still drive the speed limit, I promise it’s still possible to maintain control of your car. Just leave extra space between you and the car in front of you, it will take you longer to slow down.

And please, don’t slam on the brakes or make random sudden movements. That’s how people wind up hydroplaning and spinning out. No good.

Do you ever feel like people ‘forget’ how to drive?

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