So April has decided to live up to the old adage “April showers bring May flowers.” That’s fine. It’s actually pretty nice to stay inside and watch the rain fall from a warm, dry spot on the couch. Until you have to go to work or to the grocery store or anywhere else during April… That’s okay too, though, if you follow these tips for driving safely on wet roads.
- Check your tires. Your tires are your connection between the vehicle and the ground. Therefore, it is imperative that your tires have no less than 1/16th of an inch of tread. An easy way to check is to stick a penny, Abe Lincoln’s head down, into the groove of the tire. If you can see his entire hairdo, it is time to stop by Pantili Mitsubishi for new tires.
- Slow down. Reducing your speed will give you more time to react to skidding or hydroplaning on the pavement, and can possibly prevent your tires from slipping altogether.
- Increase your distance. It will likely take your vehicle longer to stop on wet pavement than on dry. Give yourself more space and time to stop, especially when following other vehicles.
- Stay calm. In the event your tires do start slipping, calmly and steadily apply your brake and steer your vehicle as firmly and smoothly as possible, looking toward the direction you want to go. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) it should help prevent your wheels from locking, in which case you do not need to pump your brakes.
Whether decide to enjoy the showers from inside the comforts of your home or to embark on a rainy adventure in your car, we wish you a safe and happy April, as we look forward to May’s flowers… and maybe just a little more sunshine.