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Top Tips For Driving in Heavy Rain

The idyllic, small town of Charleston, SC is no stranger to heavy rain. The coastline makes gorgeous scenery in sunny weather, but when storms pass through, they almost always make a stop in Charleston. At South Carolina Federal Insurance Solutions, we want to help you avoid having to make a claim on your auto insurance policy.

Here are some top tips for driving in heavy rain:

Apply Rain-repellent Treatment

You can find water-repellent products for your windshield at auto parts stores and other retail outlets. It takes only minutes to apply. This simple and affordable product beads up rainwater so it rolls off your windshield and improves visibility.

Understand Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is when the tires lose contact with the road due to a layer of water. If you experience this, stop accelerating, steer straight and stay calm. In most cases, hydroplaning only lasts for a brief minute. To help prevent hydroplaning, slow down while driving on wet roads and replace worn tires.

Be Aware of Fellow Drivers

Give other drivers extra room on the road, on all sides. Rain often triggers anxiety in drivers, and they may drive differently. Anticipate sudden stops and erratic behavior from other drivers. Reduce your speed and maintain a safe distance behind other vehicles.

Avoid Standing Water

Drive around large puddles or standing water if you can do so safely. In heavy rain, roads sometimes wash out or leave deep potholes that can damage your vehicle.

Use Headlights

In the Carolinas, motorists are required to use headlights when using windshield wipers in the event of rain, sleet, or snow. Turning on your headlights makes your vehicle easier to see for other drivers. Motorcycles must have their headlights on at all times. Also, make sure your tail lights are in good working condition.

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To learn more or for a free quote, contact Insurance Solutions today at (833) 359-0725. We’re here to help, rain or shine!

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