Spring is a highly anticipated time of year, but before we can enjoy blooming flowers, we must go through the heavy showers. Rain and its aftermath can lead to hazardous situations for drivers on the road. Here are a few tips for safe driving on wet roads.
Turn on Your Headlights
When visibility on the road is low, it’s extremely important to turn on your headlights, regardless of the time of day. Consider turning on your headlights every time a rainy situation requires you have your windshield wipers on.
Beware of Hydroplaning
Driving any vehicle in rainy or wet road conditions makes it prone to hydroplaning. This occurs when your tires lose traction with the road due to the excess water on top of the road, causing your vehicle to slide uncontrollably. To minimize the risk of hydroplaning, avoid driving 35 mph or over on wet road conditions, especially if your tires are in very worn condition.
Stay Away From Cruise Control
Cruise control can help maintain a safe speed in ideal road conditions. But, in rain or wet road conditions, cruise control can put you in greater danger of losing control. In a situation where your car may begin to hydroplane, you want full control of your vehicle’s speed. So, it’s best to stay away from cruise control in these situations.
Be Extra Cautious When Merging Lanes
Rain can obstruct your view when changing or merging lanes. Use caution when merging lanes in rain and its aftermath. Some drivers may forget to turn on their headlights, causing a bigger hazard for all on the road.
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