Driving on wet roads and in the rain is unlike driving on dry pavement. Slicker roads means a higher chance of sliding off the road, hydroplaning, or worse. Taking the right precautions and knowing how to handle the rain can improve your chances of making it to your destination safely. We here at Morristown Ford have some great tips for driving in the rain.
- Slow Down – The most obvious and arguably most important thing to do when driving in the rain is to slow down. Driving at slower speeds can reduce your chance of hydroplaning. Even at 35 mph, there’s still a chance brand new tires could lose traction on the road. Make sure to leave plenty of room between yourself and other vehicles as well.
- Turn Off Cruise Control – Cruise control is a great piece of safety technology on dry pavement. On wet pavement, it can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. When cruise control is engaged, it delays how quickly the driver can slow the car down. To maintain the optimal level of safety, turn off cruise control on wet roads.
- Steering Out of a Skid – There are two important parts to steering out of a skid: don’t hit the brakes and steer in the direction you want to go. Hitting the brakes can cause you to lose control. Steering in the direction you want to go will ultimately straighten out the car and allow you to maintain control of the vehicle.