3 essential tips to help keep you safe on wet roads

September 17th, 2015 by admin

For many drivers, taking the wheel during a rainstorm can be frightening. Low visibility and reduced traction diminish control on the road, and the pounding of the rain on the windows can be distracting. However, arming yourself with a few simple safety tips can make driving in the rain much less intimidating.

Next time you find yourself caught on the road in a downpour, keep these tips in mind: 

1. Be prepared

Whether the forecast calls for rain or not, it's a good idea to make sure your vehicle is equipped to handle a storm before you get moving. If your wipers have been leaving streaks on your windshield instead of completely clearing away water in a single swipe, try replacing their inserts. While you're at it, double check your headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals to make sure they're ready to help you see and be seen in the rain. 

2. Take it slow

One of the most common risks of driving on a wet road is hydroplaning, when tires rise up on a film of water and lose contact with the road. Driving slowly, combined with avoiding hard braking or sharp turns, can dramatically reduce your risk of hydroplaning, keeping you in control of your vehicle despite the water on the road. Additionally, try leaving a bit more room between your vehicle and the car in front of you to account for longer stopping times on wet surfaces. 

3. Stay calm in a skid

Even careful drivers can experience skids in poor weather. In fact, in wet conditions, new tires can lose contact with the pavement at speeds as low as 55 kilometers per hour. If you feel your car beginning to skid, let off the accelerator, then simply continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. It's important not to panic and to avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain control.

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