Rainy weather can make driving a challenge. The rain makes the roads slick, which can lead to hydroplaning, skidding, and other accidents. But by following a few simple tips, you can help stay safe on the road when it’s wet out.
The first thing to do is take it slow. It takes longer to stop on a wet road than on a dry road, so give yourself plenty of extra space between you and the car in front of you. You should also avoid making any sudden stops or turns, as this can cause you to lose traction.
Another tip is to be extra cautious when driving through puddles. If you can, avoid them altogether. But if you must drive through a puddle, slow down and go easy on the brakes. Hitting a puddle at high speed can cause you to hydroplane.
Also, remember to be aware of other drivers. Some drivers may not be as careful as you are in the rain, so be prepared to react to their mistakes. Don’t assume that other drivers will see you or stop when they’re supposed to.
Here are some additional tips for driving in the rain:
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order.
Check your tire tread depth. Your tires should have at least 1/8 inch of tread depth to provide good traction in the rain.
Avoid using cruise control in the rain. Cruise control can make it difficult to regain control of your car if you start to hydroplane.
If you do start to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go. Do not slam on the brakes.
With rain forecasted for our area over the next couple of days, keep these tips in mind when heading out on the road.