Reported by: Amanda Ward
Whether it's light rain or a heavy storm, knowing how to adjust your driving can mean the difference between being a safe driver or a statistic.
If the weather is bad, it may be a good idea to avoid driving altogether, but sometimes, that isn't possible.
If you must drive in the rain, be extremely careful.
- Slow down.
- Posted speed limits are designed for maximum visibility in ideal weather situations. It can twice the usual distance to stop your vehicle on even slightley wet pavement.
- Use your headlights to see and be seen.
- When you leave, tell people which route you are taking and when you plan to arrive.
- Experts can stress enough, "Slow down."
Sulphur Police Chief Chris Abrahams says roads are slickest when it first starts to rain. When a thin layer of water causes your tires to lose contact with the road, hydroplaning happens.
If you hydroplane:
- Keep both hands on the wheel.
- Don't slam on the brakess.
- Without anti-lock brakes, if the wheels lock-up andyou begin to skid, simply release the brake pedal then gently re-apply pressure. Steer gently in the direction you want the car to go.
To avoid hydroplaning: