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Driving in the Rain: Safety Tips for Rainy Season
Driving in bad weather conditions can be dangerous for older adults. With Spring upon us, those April showers can cause some difficulty with transport. This is why it’s especially important in bad weather months to enlist the help of a trusted friend or professional, like our caregivers at Happier at Home.
 
Slower reflexes, and vision and hearing limitations can make driving for older adults especially dangerous. While it’s easy to impose restrictions on older adults, we also want to strive to maintain their independence. The best thing to do is to be prepared. Here are some tips from AAA to help to keep not only your loved one safe on the road, but other drivers as well.

Before you drive in the rain:

  • Give yourself more time to get to your destination when driving in bad weather.
  • Check your vehicle and make sure your tires, wipers, and lights are in good condition.
  • If you have a cell phone, make sure it’s charged. Just don’t use it while you’re driving!
  • Have an emergency kit in your vehicle.

When you’re on the road:

  • As soon as you start the car, turn on your headlights and wipers.
  • Give yourself plenty of space around other vehicles.
  • Be aware of standing water in wet conditions. This can cause your vehicle’s tires to lose contact on the roadway, causing hydroplaning. Be sure to slow down when you see standing water, especially on freeways. Even with an adequate tire tread, hydroplaning can occur at speeds as low as 30 mph.
  • Avoid sudden, hard, or prolonged breaking. This can cause a skid in wet conditions. 
When possible, drive in the middle lane of a three-lane road. Most roads are higher in the middle, which means there’s a greater chance of water runoff and standing water in the side lanes. Also, opt for driving in the day time, as the darkness can limit your vision and increase the risk of an accident happening.
 
If there is any question of safety before driving in the rain or if other factors may cause unsafe driving, enlist the help of our caregivers at Happier at Home to ensure you get to your destination safely.
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