Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

How To Drive In The Rain On Wet Roads

I hate driving in the rain. Yes, it scares me because the road is slick, and I can’t see as well as normally.  


But even worse, driving in the rain scares me because I am afraid of the other cars and drivers on the road. Not only do I need to worry about my own car and a possible skid, but I need to worry about whether the car next to me is going to lose control or hydroplane or skid.

Scary Stuff! And I have no control.  


So, with this in mind, and the rainy season looming, here are my rainy weather driving tips. And do me a favor, and share this article. I need all the help I can get!



1.Slow Down. Leave early and give yourself some extra time to get to your destination. Slowing down will give you more control. Speed limits are for perfect road conditions. When the roads are wet, you need to drive well below the posted speed. And slowing down reduces the risk of hydroplaning, when your tires leave the road and actually rise up on a film of water.  If you do start to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas, and remain calm. Steer straight and do not make sudden changes in direction.


2.Pay attention. This means all of your attention should be on driving and the road. Keep both hands on the steering wheel and keep all distractions like cell phones, and even radio dials off and away from you.  


3.Increase the distance between you and the car in front of you. Keep in mind that your stopping time will increase on wet roads, so better to play it safe and leave extra car lengths between you and the car in front of you.


4.Stay away from large trucks and other vehicles. Large semis kick up huge amounts of water which can temporarily flood your lane and even temporarily throw a lot of water on your windshield and greatly decrease your vision.


5.Turn Your Lights On. Even in the daylight. Not only does this help your visibility, but more importantly, it helps other care see you.


6.Avoid using your brakes. If you can, take your foot off of the gas pedal and let your car slow, rather than constantly or suddenly applying the brakes. If you do need to brake, pump your brakes, unless you have ABS, in which case your ABS system will mimic a pumping action for you automatically. And remember, wet brakes will work less effectively and take a longer distance to stop your car.


7.If possible, drive in the center of the road. I know this isn’t always possible, but roads are constructed so that they are highest in the middle. This means the water will run off of the center hump in the middle of the road and pool and drain towards the edges. So, to avoid possible standing water, keep towards the center. And don’t drive down flooded roads where you cannot see the road pavement.


Of course, it is always important to maintain your car properly in anticipation of bad weather. Check all of your lights to be sure they are working, check your wiper blades, and check your tire pressure and tread (the old quarter measure works well- insert upside down and if you can see above the top of the head, time for new tires.)  


We need the rain here in Southern California. Just be careful driving in it.

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