Now that fall is here, wet weather is right around the corner. As a result, many drivers must take extra care when driving on rain-slicked roads or they run the risk of being involved in a serious accident. While safe driving won’t always prevent wrecks, it can greatly mitigate injuries and property damage that may occur. In this case, AAA offers the following wet-weather driving tips to ensure you and others remain safe.
Reduce your speed
Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle’s wheels fail to make contact with the road and instead tread on a thin layer of water. Once your tires lose traction keeping control can be very difficult, which greatly impacts your ability to steer and brake effectively. Driving at a slower rate is recommended during storms so you can retain better control over your vehicle. When weather is particularly bad, you may even want to drive slower than the posted speed limit, which is intended for ideal conditions.
Know how to respond to a skid
If your vehicle does skid, don’t panic. Instead, turn the wheel in the direction of the skid. This will help you resume control over your car. Also, don’t slam on your brakes, as this will result in you losing even more control over the situation. Once the vehicle makes contact with the ground again, steer it into the proper direction and slowly tap the brakes to decrease your speed.
Don’t use cruise control
Cruise control is convenient on long trips and in pleasant weather conditions, but it can be hazardous during wet weather. You must retain full control over your vehicle when the weather is bad, and cruise control prevents you from doing so. You’ll also need to adjust your speed more frequently, which defeats the purpose of using cruise control in the first place.