Saturday, November 24, 2012

Driving In The Rain

This is a great article with a couple of really great tips for driving safely in the rain.

Thanks Connie, I had not read this information.  I hope it may help keep us all a little safer as we move into the rainy, dark time of year.  We all hope you had a great Thanksgiving, didn't get trampled on "Black Friday," and make it home safely this weekend if you are on the road.

Driving  in the rain-- this  may save your life 


How to  achieve good vision while driving during a heavy  downpour.

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this  method when it rains heavily. This method was  given me by a Police friend who had experienced  and confirmed it. It is useful....even driving  at night. One method used by Canadian Military  Drivers for years.

Most of the motorists  would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the  wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility  in front of the windshield is still  bad......

In the event  you face such a situation, just try your SUN  GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of  a sudden, your visibility in front of your  windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no  rain.

Make sure you  always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car,  as you are not only helping yourself to drive  safely with good vision, but also might save  your friend's life by giving him this  idea..

Try it yourself  and share it with your friends! Amazing, you  still see the drops on the windshield, but not  the sheet of rain falling.

You can see  where the rain bounces off the road. It works to  eliminate the "blindness" from passing semi's  spraying you too.

Or  the "kickup" if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip  in driver's training. It really does  work...

This next warning is a another  good one! I wonder how many people know about  this:

A 36 year old  female had an accident several weeks ago and  totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn , Ontario  was traveling between Kinburn & Ottawa. It  was raining, though not excessively, when her  car suddenly began to hydro-plane and literally  flew through the air.. She was not seriously  injured but very stunned at the sudden  occurrence!

When she  explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON . She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a  safe consistent speed in the rain. But the  Officer told her that if the cruise control is  on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your  tires lose contact with the pavement, your car  will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making  you take off like an airplane She told the OPP  Officer that was exactly what had  occurred.

The Officer  said this warning should be listed, on the  driver's seat
THE PAVEMENT IS WET  OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell  our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to  use the cruise control only when the pavement is  dry.

The only person  the accident victim found, who knew this  (besides the officer), was a man who had a  similar accident, totalled  his car and  sustained severe  injuries.

NOTE: Some  vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE)  will not allow you to set the cruise control  when the windshield wipers are on. If you send  this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't  know about this, then it was all worth it. You  might have saved a  life.

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