Inclement weather impairs visibility and affects performance – and increases the need to safely driving on wet roads. When roads are wet, you need to know how to navigate reduced visibility and pavement friction, and erratic driving from other vehicles. Here are some car safety tips to help you safely drive on wet roads.
- If you feel your car skidding…Don’t slam on the brakes. If you do, the car’s wheels could lock and reduce even further your control over the vehicle. Pump the brakes instead, which will help the vehicle come to a slow stop. For vehicles with antilock brakes, apply pressure to the brakes, instead of pumping them.
- If the car starts to hydroplane…Avoid the temptation to turn the wheel or step on the brake quickly. Instead, let your foot off the gas slowly and keep the steering wheel in the straight position. When you feel the car getting traction with the road, adjust the steering wheel. If your vehicle has antilock brakes, gently apply pressure to the brakes.
- If you come across a pool of water or high water…Avoid it. If you drive through water that’s just 4 inches high, you can lose control of the vehicle. Flowing water is worse, as it can carry your car away and into even deeper waters.
- If it starts to rain…Turn on your headlights. It will help other drivers notice your vehicle. Maintain visibility by keeping the wipers on at all times so you can see the roads.
- Turn off cruise control... As cruise control can cause tires to spin out of control if driving over small pools of water. This has caused cars to "fly" after hitting water, resulting in severe accidents.
- If you’re in traffic…Don’t get too close to other vehicles. When other drivers are erratic, maintaining a safe distance will help you have the time to respond and decrease the chances of an accident happening.
- If you want to avoid an accident…Slow down, perhaps the best advice for driving on wet roads. Because slick roads reduce friction and visibility, driving slowly gives you a better chance to respond in unsafe conditions.
Rain and slick roads affect the roadway’s capacity, traffic speed, and accident risk. Other drivers may change normal behaviors, increasing the chances of impact, and road traction is reduced. Don’t get caught unaware when the rain starts to fall. Even after the rain passes, roads remain slick and are a hazard. Always operate your vehicle with care when driving on wet roads to avoid an accident. For help dealing with a vehicle collision, contact Osgar’s Autobody today!