AAA Tips for Driving On Wet Roads
We’ve all been there. The car is handling beautifully as we drive down the highway at a normal speed when out of the blue, rain begins to fall. A significant amount of water has accumulated on the road and without warning you start to lose control of your vehicle as though it had a mind of its own. The car begins to hydroplane and a sudden fear rushes over you as you try to stop from veering off the road. Depending on the severity of the hydroplane, you may or may not have crashed as a result. Many people have been injured or killed as a result of poor weather conditions on the road and it is crucial that you are aware of the dangers and how best to prevent them.Hydroplaning Car
As a result of the recent inclement weather brought forth by Tropical Storm Debby, AAA has produced a news release with some really great tips for driving safely on wet roads. Hydroplaning is one of the top concerns among American drivers and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 1.2 million traffic crashes occur each year on wet roads with more than a half million injuries and 5,700 deaths. In response to these alarming statistics, AAA has compiled their safe driving tips in a free brochure called Get A Grip: A Guide to Wet-Weather Driving Techniques. The following are some of the most important tips to remember:
- Check Your Tires: Tires should be properly inflated and should have enough tread depth. This will allow your car to have more traction and maneuverability on the road.
- Avoid Cruise Control: While cruise control works great in dry weather conditions, it can have adverse effects in rainy weather which could cause you to lose control of your vehicle. To prevent the loss of traction, a driver may need to reduce the car’s speed by lifting off the accelerator, which cannot be accomplished when cruise control is engaged.
- Slow Down and Leave Room: You should slow down, avoid hard braking or turning sharply, and drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you. Also, it’s important for motorists to allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front of them.
- Avoid Standing Water and Flooded Roads at All Times: There is no way to tell how deep standing water is on a flooded road and driving through it can cause a vehicle to stall and result in severe damage to the vehicle from:
- Flooding the engine
- Warping brake rotors
- Loss of power steering
- Short in electrical components
It’s important to remember these steps when driving on wet roadways in order to maximize your safety. Serious consequences can present themselves if you become inattentive or negligent in inclement weather and you could even end up seriously injuring yourself or others. The best way to avoid accidents is taking steps to prevent them, so make sure you’re taking the right safety precautions. You can never be too safe when your life and others’ lives are at stake.
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