Twelve Essential Lessons

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Lesson 6: How to Drive Safely in Rainy Weather (Part 1)

Lesson 6: How to Drive Safely in Rainy Weather (Part 1)

Check your weather forecast regularly. When you see rain is in the forecast, plan a drive with your teen. Driving during inclement weather is an important skill for new drivers to learn.

1. Practice driving in the rain
Drive teens to an empty parking lot, and then let them take the wheel. Make sure they know how to operate the windshield wipers and the lights. Explain how the defroster might help with visibility. Go through the hard braking exercise. Ask what feels different about braking in the rain.

Let teens drive around, back up and make turns and stops on the wet surface. Encourage them to ask questions, and be sure to give any tips that you think would help them improve their driving skills, especially in rainy conditions.

2. Risks to keep in mind
The primary risks are reduced visibility, increased stopping distance and the possibility of hydroplaning. Remind teens to avoid puddles and low-water crossings, avoid rapid maneuvers, such as quick turns or lane changes, and to brake gradually.

3. Safe driving behaviors for rainy conditions
As a general rule, drivers will need to slow down and increase following distance in bad weather. Teen drivers should learn that when brakes get wet, their ability to stop the car will be impaired. They will need to dry their brakes by gently using them when it is safe to do so.