You made it through the worst of the winter driving season and feel relieved as the weather grows warmer. Don’t get too comfortable just yet — your local roads can be just as dangerous when spring arrives. In fact, experts at the Federal Highway Administration point to rain and wet pavement as being responsible for the majority of weather-related car accidents.
The more you prepare for rainy driving, the easier you’ll find it to avoid and respond to common hazards. These do’s and don’ts should help:
Do: Check Your Tires
Wear and tear can make even modest amounts of rain extremely dangerous. If you know in advance that you’ll face inclement weather while driving, check your tires for damage. Even minor problems increase the likelihood of hydroplaning, in which excess water causes your tires to lose traction. If you have all-season tires, check the tread in spring and be prepared to replace if necessary. If you switch from winter tires, you should already have a good idea of your typical tires’ status.
Don’t: Brake Hard
What happens if you start to lose control? The lighter you can go on your brakes, the better. Should you begin to hydroplane, resist the urge to slam on the brakes. Instead, let off the accelerator gently and steer your car straight. If you start spinning, turn your wheel in the same direction as your vehicle is headed — not against it.
Do: Use Your Headlights and Windshield Wipers
It seems obvious, but your car’s headlights and windshield wipers are essential equipment in the event of heavy rain. These improve visibility and keep you aware of hazards in your vicinity. Take advantage of fog lights or rain-sensitive windshield wipers if you have them. If either your headlights or wipers show signs of damage, address the issue as soon as possible.
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