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posted by: LIT First Aid on: September 10, 2021

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The rainy season is coming to many parts of Canada, which means it’s time to make a few adjustments when driving. Any inclement weather makes driving inherently more dangerous, so to reduce your chances of getting into an accident, it’s important to follow the tips below. Check out the top three tips for driving in the rain. 

 

Slow Down

The first and most important step you can take to stay safe while driving in the rain is to slow down. You’ll likely notice that other cars are also travelling at a slower speed than normal. You may even be driving slower than the speed limit, and that’s ok so long as you’re comfortable and feel in control of the vehicle. By reducing your speed, you’ll have more time to react or brake should you lose control of the vehicle at any point. 

 

Allow for Extra Travel Time

It’s never fun driving while in a rush, but this is especially important on a rainy day. As mentioned above, driving slowly is key when it’s raining. As such, if you know it’s raining, allow yourself extra time to get where you need to go. That way you won’t feel rushed and can drive at a slower pace that will keep you and others safe. 

 

Avoid Large Puddles

This tip can be a bit tricky depending on how large the puddle is, but ideally, you want to avoid driving headfirst into a large puddle on the road. If you spot a puddle, do your best to drive around it, even if it means switching into another lane. The problem here is that it’s difficult to tell how deep a puddle is just by looking at it. You also can’t tell what’s underneath it, such as a pothole. If you decide to drive straight into it, you run the risk of damaging your car or splashing water up into the car’s electrical system.

 

Rain is a part of life in Canada, but knowing how to drive in it can significantly reduce your chances of hydroplaning or getting into an accident. Another great way to ensure your safety this rainy season is by learning basic first aid. Sign up for the L.I.T. First Aid and Lifeguard Training courses to learn important first aid skills and CPR that could save your life.

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