LOS ANGELES (KABC) --In a dry region like Southern California, rainfall is rare enough that when it happens, drivers often forget some of the basic adjustments they need to make.
Here are a few tips and reminders about precautions to take when driving in the rain:
-- Wipers on = lights on. Don't count on daytime running lights, which don't necessarily activate taillights, or automatic light settings which may not activate if it's not fully dark outside.
-- Wax on windshields can affect wipers, even if blades are new.
-- Use defroster at all times to keep windows clear, and interior more comfortable.
-- Check to make sure all bulbs are working, especially taillights and brake lights.
-- Maintain a safe following distance from other cars. Anti-lock brakes and all-wheel drive only do so much if you're driving too close.
For more tips from automotive specialist Dave Kunz, see the video above.