“Rain, Rain, Go Away”. It has been raining for the past couple of days in Brooklyn, NY. Cloudy skies, short days, and even longer nights. Driving in these conditions is something that all drivers should be prepared for. Driving visibility is extremely important. The safety of drivers comes first. Here are a few tips to ensure “Crystal Clear Driving Visibility”.
1. Apply a coat of rain repellent to your windshield to improve your visibility in the rain, especially at night. Rain repellent creates a shield and causes the rain to bead up and slide off your windshield.
2. Replace your windshield wipers at least once a year to improve visibility in rain. When you park your car outside, you generally have to replace windshield wipers more often. Be sure to use quality wiper blades that are effective.
- Check out some rain-repellent wiper blades. Rain-repellent blades offer a higher level of longevity and performance than regular wiper blades.
- Consider a pair of wiper blades designed to provide uniform pressure along the blade. This can result in better performance and a smoother wipe, leaving your windshield clean with every swipe.
- Think about flexible wiper blades. Flexible wiper blades work great in cold temperatures. They provide s smooth, quiet wipe compared to other models.
- Invest in a set of silicone wiper blades, especially if you have a sports car. People with high-performance vehicles find these to be a good choice. They perform in all weather conditions, including mud, fog, rain, snow and sleet.
3. Check your headlights for brightness. Headlights dim over time, which can diminish your visibility.
- Change your bulbs to high-quality bulbs that burn brighter. Even if both bulbs do not need replacement, change both bulbs at the same time to get the best results.
4. Look at your headlight lenses. If they are cloudy and dirty, clean them up to increase driving visibility in rain.
5. Use low-beam headlights in the rain to improve your visibility and to ensure that others are able to see your car.
6. Adjust your side and rear-view mirrors. Make certain you use your day and night switch, typically located on the rear-view mirror. The appropriate setting will help to improve visibility in rain.
7. Slow down while you are driving. Regardless of the actions you take to improve visibility in rain, it’s important to reduce speed on slippery, wet roads.
8. Turn your emergency flashers on to alert others and get to a safe place when visibility is poor. Parking lots or rest areas are best. Stay clear of trees and power lines.
9. Stay in the right lane. Water splash caused by other vehicles is much worse when you drive in the middle or center lane.