Driving in the spring means that, occasionally, you’ll have to drive in the rain. Wet roads can lead to a number of potential hazards, which is why we here at Gossett VW Porsche want to provide you with some tips on how to drive in the rain safely.
Keep an eye out for hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle gets more traction on the water covering the road than the road itself, which causes your vehicle to begin sliding. If this occurs, remember to slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in a straight line to help regain control of your car.
Keep cruise control off. Cruise control is a fantastic feature to have when the roads are dry, but it can actually make you at more risk for hydroplaning. Keep cruise control off on wet roads, because when it’s on, if you do hydroplane your car will actually try to go faster.
Increase your following distance. When roads are wet, it can be difficult to stop on a dime, so give yourself plenty of time to react to traffic by adding one or two seconds to your following distance when you’re behind another car.
Turn on your headlights. Many people forget that all states require you to turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are on – even if it’s a sunny rainstorm. When visibility is low, you want to make sure that you can see everything around you more easily and that others can see you, too, so lights on!
The rains are coming, so make sure to keep these tips in mind in the coming months. Stay safe out there!