Tips for Driving in Wet Weather

Jan 25, 2016 by Darren (Driver Weekly)

Driving on the wet and rainy days can present more danger than driving in the snow because drivers are less likely to adapt their driving technique to match the hazardous, wet conditions. Let’s look at some tips that can help lower the risk of being a statistic while driving in the rain.

Steer into the skid

A standard rule of driving on difficult surfaces (rain, snow, ice, etc.) is to steer into the skid. Make sure to stay calm and gently ease the foot off the accelerator and turn the wheel to steer the vehicle in the direction that is most appropriate for the front of the car to go.  This helps to line the car up so the front and rear of the car are both facing the same direction. For the vehicle with ABS brakes, make sure to use a firm braking action when steering into the skid. Also, avoid using the brakes on the vehicles that do not have anti-lock brakes.

Cruise control

Avoid driving in difficult wet conditions with cruise control active. This can make the wheels more prone to hydroplaning and can quickly propel the vehicle forward once the wheels make proper contact with the road surface. 

Driving in another car’s tracks

It benefits to avoid driving in the tracks of the vehicle in front because it reduces the volume of water between your car tires and road surface. A preferable action is to slow the vehicle down by removing the foot from the accelerator while making sure to avoid pressing down on the brakes.

Drive through water

Don’t drive through deep water that is equal to a third of the wheels or higher than the bottom of the doors. In the event of encountering deep water slow down and try to gauge how fast it is going and its general flow. If the road is too flooded, look to take an alternative route to minimize the risk of causing damage to the electronics.

Slow down

Reduce the average driving speed in wet condition because the slick road surface combined with dirt and oil can increase the risk of skidding. The most sensible solution to avoid losing control is better speed management.

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