A Rainy Day

I live in Southern California and its raining today.  I love the rain as long as I don’t have to go out in it.  I don’t today.  I keep looking out the window and it is pouring rain down on my home.  I live in a mobile home so my home is about a foot above the ground. But the rain is so heavy right now that the street in front of my house is flooded from edge to edge.  My front walk is flooded so badly I can’t go out to pick up my mail.  My back yard and driveway is flooded from front to back.  I love it. I am inside, warm and comfortable.

I did my necessary shopping a couple of days ago in preparation for this event.  So now, I can sit in my warm home and occasionally peek out the window to get the latest status of the storm. Our area has been parched for quite a while so we have had to restrict our water use.  This is a blessing.

It won’t last.  Maybe tomorrow it will be back to Sunny California.

Driving in the rain . . . this may save a life.

GOOD VISION IN A DOWNPOUR

How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.

We are not  sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily. This method was given me by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it. It is useful . . . even driving at night. One method used by Canadian military drivers for years.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still bad.

In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends! Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain falling.

You can see where the rain bounces off the road. It works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing semi’s spraying you too.

Or the “kickup” if you are following a semi or car  in the rain. They ought to teach that little tip in driver’s training. It really does work.

READ THIS ONE TOO About the danger of cruise control on a wet surface.

This next warning is a another good one! I wonder how many people know about  this:

A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn, Ontario, was traveling between Kinburn and Ottawa. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to hydroplane and literally flew through the air . . . She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the OPP Officer what had happened  he told her something that every driver should  know – NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE  CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious  by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the officer told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydroplane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane She told the OPP Officer that was exactly what had  occurred.

The officer said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat sunvisor — NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and  drive a safe speed — but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the officer), was a man who had a similar accident, totalled his car and sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.