Wet Weather Driving Tips

HDollarphotoclub_37084225ere are some tips from 21 Century  Insurance you’ll want to follow the next time you’re caught driving in the rain.

What to do if your car skids
“If your car starts to skid, resist the natural instinct to slam on the brakes, which could lock your wheels and make the situation worse and eliminate any control you have over your vehicle. Instead, regain control by steering in the direction of the skid while pumping your brakes to gradually reduce speed. If your car has antilock brakes apply steady, even pressure to the brake pedal and avoid pumping them.”

What to do if your car starts to hydroplane
“If you feel the car starting to hydroplane, where all 4 wheels lose contact between the tire and the road, don’t brake abruptly or turn the wheel. Instead, release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until the car regains traction. If you must brake, lightly apply pressure to the brake pedal. If your vehicle has antilock brakes, apply steady pressure to the brake pedal. You can help reduce the likeliness of hydroplaning by following the “tracks” made by the vehicle in front of you: just don’t follow too closely.”

Maintain a safe distance
“While tailgating is not a good idea in any weather, it’s especially dangerous when roads are wet. Never tailgate during a rainstorm: it can take up to three times the distance usually required to stop your car when road surfaces are wet. Use caution when approaching trucks and buses, as the spray created by their tires can reduce visibility – both yours and theirs – and pass as quickly as possible when conditions safely allow.”

For further reading got to: http://www.21st.com/insurance-newsletters/2011/11/stay-safe-in-Wet-Weather.htm

Alma, P.M.A.