Every driver knows that inclement weather makes for the most dangerous road conditions—and drivers in the Pacific Northwest should be particularly aware of the great risks they face in dreary weather given the region’s reputation for rain.
Because other drivers pose perhaps the most significant danger, it’s particularly important that you always maintain your composure and drive defensively (and never offensively). While driving during heavy precipitation, make sure to slow down to the point that you’ll have enough time to stop in order to avoid a rear-end collision with the car in front of you. Take care to do this gradually, so that any cars behind you are aware that you’re slowing down and understand that they will need to as well in order to avoid colliding with the rear-end of your car. You’ll also need to make sure your lights are all on—regardless of the time of day or night—so that your brake lights and turn signals will shine clearly through whatever weather conditions are causing you difficulty. Turn off your music in favor of traffic radio or silence, eliminate any other distractions, and concentrate fully on driving.