They say April showers bring May flowers! But unfortunately, Mother Nature is also fond of a good caveat. As spring has finally arrived, it is no surprise that many regions of the U.S. can expect to see the roads a bit more drizzly. And to put a damper on it all, the fact of the matter is, wet weather conditions put drivers at a higher risk for collision. At Service King, your safety is our priority. So when the sun doesn’t shine, we’ve got you covered. That’s why we gathered a few helpful tips for safe driving recommended by our friends at AAA.
First and foremost, be sure to do some prep.
“A review of nearly 12,000 collisions found that more than 27 percent of drivers involved took no action to prevent or avoid the incident.”
- Make sure your vehicle has good tire tread and firm breaks
- Adjust your seat properly, ensuring you’re in the position to handle any hazardous situations on the road
- Sit no closer than 10 inches from the steering wheel
- Be sure your windows and windshield are clean and clear (You can also use your air conditioner to reduce humidity)
- Double check that your windshield wipers are streak-free
- Keep your tires properly inflated
- Always wear your seat belt
While driving in the rain can be a pain, it’s extremely dangerous to turn on your vehicle’s Cruise Control.
This can cause a loss of traction. Driving scenarios are often unpredictable in wet weather and there may be unforeseen needs to reduce your speed quickly.
Slow down! And be sure to leave plenty of room.
- Drive at a speed appropriate for the weather conditions
- Choose a speed consistent with the amount of water on the road
- Always look and steer where you want to go, keeping your focus sharp
Know what to do should you need to react quickly. Be prepared to take action to avoid obstacles and other collisions. Remember, sudden breaking can often lead to loss of control.
Responding to a skid:
- Continue to look at the path in front of you
- Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go
- Avoid slamming on the brakes (This may actually make it more difficult to regain control)
- Front Tires: Wait for the front wheels to grip the road again
- Rear Tires: When your rear wheels stop skidding, continue to steer to avoid a rear-wheel skid in the opposite direction
Always pull over and wait until the road is at a safe level of visibility in a hard downpour. Conditions are generally most dangerous during the first 10 minutes of heavy rain.
To sum it up, we’d like to remind you to be aware of the road conditions, reduce speed appropriately and be prepared for challenging situations. Be safe this season and have a happy spring!
Check out AAA’s full Guide to Wet-Weather Driving Techniques here: https://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Get-a-Grip.pdf