Heavy Rain Driving Tips

Mar 18, 2016 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

03/18/2016

Reminder of the week.

Heavy Rain Driving Tips

In addition to the potentially poor visibility that accompanies most heavy rain, drivers should be ready to protect themselves against hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling too fast in heavy rain conditions, causing the vehicle’s tires to travel on a thin layer of water rather than grip the surface of the road. This has the potential to make steering and braking difficult and could even lead to losing control of your vehicle. Follow these tips to help you stay safe while driving in heavy rain.

Take your time. Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Also remember that one of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on roadway make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.

Turn your lights on. Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you. Many states require the use of headlights during rain, even in broad daylight.

Give other vehicles more space. Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the vehicles behind you more time to react to traffic.

Avoid Cruise Control. This feature works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle can increase. To prevent loss of traction, the driver may need to reduce the speed by lifting off the accelerator, which cannot be accomplished when cruise control is engaged. When driving in wet-weather conditions, it is important to concentrate fully on every aspect of driving. Avoiding cruise control will allow the driver more options to choose from when responding to a potential loss-of-traction situation, thus maximizing your safety.

Responding to a Skid. Even careful drivers can experience skids. If a driver feels their semi begin to skid, it’s important to not panic and follow these basic steps.

– Continue to look and steer in the direction in which the driver wants the vehicle to go.

– Avoid slamming on the brakes as this will further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to control.

If you feel the semi begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want the semi to go. Don’t panic, and avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain control.

Overall you want to be extra cautious in wet weather. Slow down, avoid hard braking or turning sharply and allow ample stopping distance between you and the vehicles in front of you. Also, do these things one-at-a-time. Brake, then turn, then accelerate. 

Thank You! BE SAFE OUT THERE! 

Klemens Kuqi 

Compliance Manger