In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle. Here are some tips to help you this rainy season!
- Take your time: Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Also remember that one of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on roadway make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.
- Turn your lights on: Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you.
- Give other vehicles more space: Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.
- Avoid driving in vehicle’s blind spots: During rain storms, it is harder to see and drivers need to remain very alert. By avoiding driving in other vehicle’s blind spot, you are giving them one less thing to worry about.
Overall, our biggest tip is that when storms are going on, if you do not need to be driving on the road, then please stay at home for your own safety.