Tips for Driving on Wet Roads
Rainy weather makes the streets and highways slippery and wet.
Vehicles driving carelessly on wet roads should expect slippery consequences. While you can’t control other drivers’ driving habits, you can equip yourself with safety techniques to help get you where you are going safe and sound.
It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint.
The speed limit says one number, but the rain will say something else. Drive two to three miles below the speed limit so the vehicle won’t hydroplane. This happens when tires ride above the water instead of touching the road. As you drive, slow down before turning and stopping. Additionally, leave space between the vehicle and the vehicle in front of you in case braking is necessary. So using cruise control can be very dangerous.
Turn off Cruise Control
The whole point of cruise control is to maintain a speed limit throughout the journey. Cruise control doesn’t help if it’s raining. The speed set for dry roads will cause vehicles to lose traction and spin out of control. Regain control by turning off cruise control and driving slower than normal.
Rush hour and road rage make drivers aggressive, and the rain will make drivers worse. Avoid both scenarios by leaving early. Because you must drive slowly in the rain, leaving early will give you plenty of time to reach your destination safely. Additionally, leaving early offers additional time to concentrate on the road and maneuver around possible accidents and detours.
Turn on Headlights
Although it does rain while the sun is shining, rain frequently brings darkness to the roadways. Drivers must turn on headlights to see the road, pedestrians, objects, and vehicles within view. Daylight and regular headlights are acceptable. What’s not acceptable is high beam and hazard lights. High beam lights distract you and other drivers. Hazard lights are for disabled drivers only and not for the rain. Call Roadside assistance from your auto insurance company if headlights aren’t functioning properly.
Be Cautious when Driving Through Standing Water
Puddles of water may appear small and drivable. Although once you cross it, it’s too late to turn around. However, you will never know this by staring at it. In closing, never gamble on standing water of any size. If you see a puddle and you aren’t sure how deep it is, stop the car and make a U-turn.
Awareness on the road during light and heavy rain conditions will aid in preventing accidents, so put your phone away. If the vehicle skids, regain control of it by steering the vehicle in the desired direction before it turns into a disastrous mess. Remain calm and don’t slam the brakes. Regardless, Chavez Towing in Dallas, TX is standing by should you need them. It is not a bad idea to save our number in your phone for emergency purposes.