Your tire’s handling performance, braking power and drainage become more critical in the rain. Learn about the dangers of driving on wet surfaces and some of the precautions you can take to enhance safety.
Challenges of Driving on Wet Surfaces
Because the accident rate for wet driving is just as high as for snow driving, drivers must be aware of the risks of wet driving for safety purposes.
A variety of abnormal conditions can occur when driving on wet roads. For example, the tire can hydroplane on the water’s surface, causing a momentary loss of direction. Also, grip is weakened as when driving on snowy roads so braking distance is lengthened.
- Tires with heavy wear are at a disadvantage for wet driving. Be sure to check tire wear beforehand.
- Reduce driving speed just before turning. While turning, maintain a constant speed.
- If you lose control of vehicle maneuvering while wet driving, do not suddenly press down on the brake or accelerator. Also, with one foot slightly pressing the accelerator, do not suddenly jerk the steering wheel until you have recovered vehicle maneuvering.
- Drive with both hands.