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It's the rainy season where I live, and life always changes a bit to accommodate the rains. We try to run errands or meet with friends in the morning (before the afternoon rains), we are more likely to take a long afternoon nap thanks to the beautiful soundtrack a heavy rain provides, and we are much more careful while out driving in a car hire. I recently had a crazy experience as a passenger in a friend's car during a heavy rain so I thought I would add my top tips for safe travels by car rental in the rain.
Your car was equipped with these vents for a reason. It is incredibly dangerous to drive around with a foggy windshield. Most cars made since 1990 (and that should include virtually every car hire available) include a defogger/defroster for both the front and rear windshield. This usually looks like a fan-shaped box with wavy arrows pointing up.
My friend "didn't like the cold or hot air blowing on her face" so she was attempting to see through a foggy windshield. Eventually I, the passenger, couldn't see the road at all so I took a cloth and wiped the front windshield clean. When I did we were both astounded to see that we were driving through about half a meter of water on the ground!
There are several excellent tips for driving in the rain from SmartMotorist.com, such as slow down and avoid breaking as much as possible, but I find these mostly to be common sense. I do like that they added "avoid splashing pedestrians," which as a regular pedestrian I can appreciate, but you should be considerate first and foremost of your own life. My biggest tip that didn't make this list applies the most to drivers in a car rental and that is to know the car you're driving in the rain. In a 7 seater car hire, for example, you will want to be extra careful going around turns as your back wheels are more likely to lose traction and spin out in a longer vehicle.