Rain makes the flowers bloom and grass grow tall and green, but it also makes driving more difficult and dangerous. According to AAA Exchange, driving in wet weather contributes to more than 1.2 million accidents per year. Can you believe that? Hopefully, we’ll have super safe self-driving cars that don’t need to worry about wet roads in the future, but in the meantime, here are some driving tips. Just in case Weezy makes it rain after you pass your driving test at the DMV.
Your goal when driving in wet weather and hazardous conditions is to see and be seen clearly and to maneuver and brake your vehicle safely. All of these tasks are very important when you’re on the roadway. Let’s break it down with some fresh driving guidelines for wet weather driving.
First thing’s first. Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly, are clean and don’t leave streaks. If they are leaving streaks, take a rag and wipe them off. If your wipers aren’t working well after cleaning them off and you’re struggling to see out of your windows in the rain, you may want to consider replacing them.
Next, check your headlights, brakes, and turn signals to make sure they’re working (psst, you’ll need someone’s help to check your brake lights). It’s SUPER important that you turn your headlights on anytime windshield wipers are on. This can help increase driver safety when you’re in the rain and ensure you still see roadway hazards like deer, bumpy railroad tracks, people, and other cars. You may be able to see everyone else, but you also have to make sure that they can see you- headlights are a great way to increase your visibility to other drivers, too.
Traction and Braking
Next, it’s time to check your tire tread. If you stick an upside down penny into the tread of your tires, the tire should come just past the top of Abe Lincoln’s head. If the tread doesn’t reach this point, it’s time to get new tires. You also want to make sure the tire pressure is at the recommended PSI for your tire model, so check them monthly.
In wet weather, you’ll want to drive slower than normal. You also want to avoid sharp turns, braking too hard, and accelerating too quickly. All of these abrupt actions can cause skidding or hydroplaning, so be careful. If you do skid or hydroplane, the key is to not overcorrect. Simply ride out the skid and try to steer your car away from traffic to the outside of the roadway in a gradual motion.
You should also consider increasing your following distance and decreasing your speed, especially when it’s raining during expressway driving. Make sure you’re only completing one action at a time. Braking, turning, and accelerating should all be separate actions- brake, then turn, then accelerate. Give yourself and other travelers around you extra time to complete each action throughout the duration of the hazardous driving conditions.
So there ya have it, some guideline tips on wet weather driving so you can stay Aceable on the road.