Here in Baltimore we’ve had a lot of wet weather recently, and these summer storms can make driving a nerve-wracking affair. Safety should always be your number one priority on the road, and wet weather and slick roads mean you’ll need to focus even more on safe driving to ensure the safety of yourself and others around you. The following tips will help you be a safer and more confident driver in the rain. When a storm pops up out of nowhere, you’ll know what to do.
Safe Driving on Wet Roads
Give Extra Distance
You should give plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you. If you have to make a sudden stop, it will take much longer on wet roads. This means that if you’re following at a normal distance, you might not be able to stop in time. Give yourself a wide berth to work with.
Driving fast in the rain is an easy way to lose control of your vehicle. Hydroplaning (when your tires lose contact with the road due to their inability to remove the water in front of them) can occur at speeds as low as 30 mph, so be conscious of this fact. Brake earlier than you normally would but brake gently, as a sudden brake can cause you to lose control. Brake before going into curves.
Take Extra Care After Dry Spells
If the road has been dry for awhile, it will have accumulated lots of fluids from vehicles such as oil. These don’t mix well with water, meaning when it first starts to rain after a dry spell, the two will make a slippery mess on the road until the oils are washed away. Take extra care when it begins to rain, especially in intersections where these fluids are found in the highest concentrations.
Turn on Your Headlights
Turn on your headlights so other drivers can see you. Turn on the defroster so your windshield doesn’t fog up, and make sure the air conditioner is turned on if it doesn’t do so automatically. If the rain is so heavy that you can’t see, pull over and wait for it to pass.
If You Start to Hydroplane
It may seem counter-intuitive, but if you start to hydroplane, don’t make any sudden adjustments. Slowly let go of the gas, steer straight, and let the car slow down until you’re not hydroplaning any more. If you brake, do so very lightly.
Avoid Puddles and Standing Water
Driving through a puddle can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, and standing water can bring your car to a standstill. Find another way to go if you encounter standing water on the roadway.
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