How to drive safely in the rain
We’ve made it! Winter is just about over. Especially up north, the winter season can be a recipe for disaster when driving. We’re not completely out of the woods yet, however. Spring’s famous showers can prove to be just as dangerous for driving. Low visibility, hydroplaning, and possible water damage are just a few of the problems rain can bring to the road. To make sure you’re driving safe, your friends at Patty Peck Honda have put together a brief overview on how to drive safely in the rain. Read ahead to learn more!
Five tips to keep you safe on wet roads
The riskiest problem that rain can cause on the road is hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is what happens when your tires are travelling at a high speed and lose traction with the road surface. Your tires begin virtually floating and sliding across the water on the road, and it’s very easy to lose control of your vehicle. There are a number of precautions drivers can take to avoid this and other problems caused by rain. Take a look at some below!
- Wait a while. | Roads prove to be the most slick right after it starts raining. Water hitting the mostly dry road surface begins to mix with motor oil and other substances before washing away. Avoid this possibly deadly cocktail of road slipperiness by waiting 10 to 15 minutes—it may be well worth it!
- Take it slow. | This is a no-brainer, but when driving at higher speeds in the rain, your chance of hydroplaning goes up dramatically. Lower speeds will help maintain a higher level of control over your vehicle.
- Change your wiper blades. | Changing your wiper blades after every winter is usually a good rule of thumb to follow. Especially in northern climates, ice and snow is tough on your blades. Replacing them regularly will ensure a clean wipe on the windshield, and an obstruction-free view in the rain.
- Lights on! | No matter the severity of the rain or time of day, it is important to turn your headlights on while driving in wet weather. This will not only improve your hindered visibility, but make you more visible to fellow drivers.
- No cruise control. | Cruise control in the rain is a bad idea. With your foot off of the accelerator, you’re not as sensitive to the slipping-type feeling of hydroplaning. Often, when drivers do finally feel it, it may be too late, and controlling the vehicle again may be impossible.
From start to finish, Patty Peck Honda is committed to helping you choose, buy, and keep your car in great condition. Hopefully, these tips will keep you and your car safe for years to come!