Specific weather conditions require specific responses. Of all inclement weather situations, you’re most likely to find yourself caught driving in rain.
Driver safety tips include turning on your car’s running lights. 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.
During wet weather, road surfaces are most slippery immediately after the rain begins to fall. This is because the oil and grease on the wet pavement have not yet been washed away. Driving on a road covered with oil and water can be like driving on ice. You should turning off your cruise control, reduce your speed, use extra caution and allow twice the normal following distance.
You can prevent skids by driving slowly, especially on curves. Follow these additional safe driving tips when driving in rain:
- 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”.
Losing control of your car on wet pavement, also known as hydroplaning, is a frightening experience. Unfortunately, it can happen unless you take preventive measures.
If driving in rain or other adverse weather conditions caused you to be in an accident and your insurance company is raising your rates, a DriveSafe Online® defensive driving course may help offset an increase in your auto premiums.