5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain can be a daunting experience for even the most experienced drivers. Wet weather conditions can present a range of challenges on the road, from reduced visibility to increased stopping distances. As a driver, it’s essential to know how to stay safe when driving in the rain and when to take breaks when necessary. 

If you’re planning to stop and wait out the rain, BHPetrol has nationwide accessibility with 400 BHPetrol stations across the country for drivers who wish to pull over and grab some refreshments or a hot drink. Not only does this provide a chance to take a break and recharge, but it also allows time for the rain to subside before continuing your journey. 

In this blog post, we’ll highlight five things you should not do when driving in the rain to help you stay safe on the road, as well as to provide tips for making a convenient stop at a BHPetrol station. So, let’s dive in!


1) Don’t Use Your High-Beam Light

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Your high-beam headlights in the rain can be dangerous for both yourself and other drivers on the road. As they are designed to provide maximum visibility in low light conditions, during heavy rain, however, they can reflect the water droplets and cause glare, reducing visibility instead of improving it. 

In addition, using full-beam headlights in wet conditions can also make it difficult to distinguish between water on the road and surfaces that are dry. This can make it harder to navigate through flooded areas and safely avoid hazards.


Instead of using high-beam headlights, it is recommended to use dipped-beam headlights or fog lights in wet weather conditions. Dipped beam headlights provide enough illumination without causing glare or reflections, while fog lights are designed specifically for use in inclement weather.


2) Don’t Brake Suddenly

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Wet roads have significantly reduced friction compared to dry roads. When you suddenly apply the brakes, the tires may lose traction, resulting in a loss of control over the vehicle. Emergency braking can also put a lot of stress on the car’s brake system, potentially leading to brake fade or other mechanical issues.


If safety is your top priority, it is advisable to apply the brakes gradually and steadily whenever you feel the need to slow down or stop. It’s also crucial to drive at a moderate speed by avoiding abrupt steering or acceleration, in order to decrease the chances of skidding and improve control.


3) Don’t Drive at Fast Speed

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Driving too fast in the rain can be dangerous as the roads tend to be more slippery. During heavy rainfall or on poorly maintained roads, even small amounts of water on the road can lead to a significant hazard, especially when a vehicle is travelling at high speeds.


It’s essential to slow down and give yourself plenty of room to brake. This will reduce the likelihood of skidding or hydroplaning, which can cause accidents. If you feel uncomfortable driving in the rain, consider pulling over and waiting for the rain to pass, or grab a refreshment at the nearest BHPetromart with a wide range of hot drinks, snacks, and quick bites made available in every BHPetrol station.


4) Don’t Tailgate Other Vehicles

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When driving too closely behind another vehicle in wet weather conditions, the drivers are at risk of not having enough time to react and brake in the event of an emergency stop or unexpected obstacle on the road. This can lead to rear-end collisions, one of the most common types of accidents caused by following too closely.


To avoid these risks, it is important to maintain a safe following distance in wet weather conditions, for example, leaving a space of at least three seconds between their vehicle and the one directly in front of them. This gives the driver ample time to react and brake if necessary, reducing the risk of accidents caused by following too closely.


5) Don’t Engage in Distractions

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Driving in the rain already presents numerous challenges and hazards, making it essential for drivers to stay focused and attentive. Common distractions for drivers include using mobile devices, eating and drinking while driving, and interacting with other passengers in the car.


To stay safe on the road, drivers should always stay mentally focused forward and pay attention to the traffic signals around them. If you find yourself becoming fatigued or mentally distracted, pull over at a safe location and take a short break to re-focus and refresh. If your vehicle supports voice commands, use them to make phone calls, send messages, or control certain functions without taking your hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.


Whether you’re an experienced driver or just starting, these tips will help you confidently navigate wet weather conditions. Next time you’re driving in the rain and need a break from the wet weather, remember that BHPetrol has got you covered! 

With BHPetromart available at every station, you can easily find a safe and convenient spot to relax. No need to worry about the rain, just pull in and take a well-deserved break. Your safety and comfort matter and BHPetrol is here to make your journey smoother, rain or shine!