Specific weather conditions require specific responses in addition to the rules of thumb mentioned before. Of all inclement weather situations, you’re most likely to find yourself caught in the rain. In addition to our two rules of thumb above, you should also turn on your car’s running lights when it’s raining. If the rain is heavy, turn on your low beams. This will increase the chances that you will be seen by other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.

Road surfaces are most slippery immediately after the rain begins to fall. This is because the oil and grease on the pavement have not yet been washed away. Driving on a road covered with oil and water can be like driving on ice. You should reduce your speed, use extra caution and allow twice the normal following distance.

Losing control of your car on wet pavement is a frightening experience. Unfortunately, it can happen unless you take preventive measures.

You can prevent skids by driving slowly and especially on curves:

Steer and brake with a light touch.

When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hard or lock the wheels and risk a skid. Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal.

If you do find yourself in a skid:

Remain calm,

Ease your foot off the gas, apply the brakes, and

Steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. This is called “steering into the skid.”

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