Wet Weather Driving
Post Date:10/27/2016 11:15 AM
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Reduce your chances of becoming a rainy day statistic.
- Turn on your headlights whenever you drive in wet weather.
- Use your defroster in wet weather to ensure your windows don't fog up.
- If you haven’t already, get your car Rain-Ready:
- Replace windshield wiper inserts that leave streaks or don’t clear the glass in a single swipe.
- Make sure all headlights, taillights, brake lights and turn signals are properly functioning so other drivers will see you during downpours.
- Check tread depth with a quarter inserted upside down into the tire groove. If you can see above Washington’s head, start shopping for new tires.
- Check your tire pressure, including the spare, for proper inflation levels.
- Concentrate fully on every aspect of driving.
- Avoid using cruise control to allow yourself more options to choose from when responding to a potential loss-of-traction situation, thus maximizing your safety.
- Slow down, avoid hard braking and/or turning sharply to reduce the chances of hydroplaning.
- Allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front of them and beginning to slow down to stop for intersections, turns and other traffic earlier than normal.