April showers bring May flowers. April showers also bring the daunting task of driving in the rain.
Rain is a factor in many accidents every year. It is very important to know what safety precautions you should take in wet weather to prevent accidents from happening.
Remember that rain creates slick roads and low visibility. Don’t forget to turn on your headlights, keep a reasonable distance between you and other drivers and allow for extra time on your trip so you don’t have the added pressure of being late. The truth is, if you get in an accident you will arrive even later than you would have in the first place.
When it comes to driving in the rain, one of the greatest worries is hydroplaning. This is pretty natural! – who would enjoy losing control and skidding across water? To decrease the likelihood of hydroplaning, be sure to avoid using cruise control when it is raining. Make sure to drive at reduced speeds and avoid standing water. It is also important to make sure your tires are properly inflated and the tire tread is not over worn.
If you do find yourself hydroplaning, it’s important you know what to do. If you feel your car lose traction, the worst thing you can do is panic and slam on your brakes. Instead, gently ease off the accelerator and lightly pump the brakes until you regain traction. If your car begins to skid, try and steer in the direction of the skid until your tires gain traction. Then, rapidly steer in the other direction to straighten your car.
It is often hard to predict the weather, which is why we should always be prepared for the uncertainty of Mother Nature. Take caution when driving in the rain, and don’t forget your umbrella!