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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.

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5 Practical Tips To Deal With Road Rage

When you are driving on a busy road, the last thing you want to do is lose your cool. Road rage is one of the most common causes of accidents. While the causes of road rage differ from driver to driver, it is crucial to stay calm and collected while driving.

If you are having trouble controlling your emotions while driving, these tips can help you:

Do not take it personally

When it comes to driving, a bit of compassion goes a long way. Try to be courteous driver. Setting a good example is crucial for others on the road as well.

If possible, avoid unnecessary conflicts. If you get into an argument with someone on the road, do not lose your temper. After all, you do not know this person personally.

Rule number one: do not take traffic problems personally.  Leave your personal feelings aside while driving.

Practice stress-reduction techniques

If you are getting anxious out on the road, pause for minute and breathe deeply. Practice breathing techniques regularly to calm your mind and focus better.

If you are not into deep breathing, simply listen to a soothing track to relax your mind. Also, make sure your seat is positioned comfortably.

Talk to a professional

It is time to be honest with yourself. Is road rage adversely affecting other areas of your life? Is it taking a toll on your health and happiness? Speak to a professional who can help you understand and cope with your negative feelings.

Be prepared

If you ever have to deal with a violent driver, report them to the police. Make sure your have number saved on your phone.

Most importantly, do not engage the aggressive driver. Stay inside the vehicle, roll up the windows and lock the doors.

Practice safe driving

No matter how many years you have been driving, road rage can affect anyone and at anytime. It is important to drive smartly and safety and avoid behaviors that others may find offensive.

For example, do not use obscene hand gestures while driving. Avoid speeding, tailgating or cutting lines. Always keep your eyes on the signals.

For more tips and tricks on enhancing your driving skills, check out our blog. We offer a wide range of driving courses in Edmonton, which includes 15-10 Accelerated Course, 15-16 Accelerated with Simulator Course, 15-14 no simulator, 15-20 Intermediate Course and 15-30 Beginners Course.