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.
Take these precautions when driving on wet roads
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