By RENAISSANCE ALLIANCE
We all think about tire safety in winter when the roads are snowy or blurred and we adjust our driving accordingly. But how is it in the rain? Wet, narrow roads with water build-up can also be quite dangerous. Many drivers are quite cavalier about adjusting their driving in the rain and get short when something goes wrong, such as hydroplaning.
Hydroplaning – also called aquaplaning – loses grip over water while driving and actually foams or slides on the water surface. Losing contact with the road is a daunting experience as it results in loss of control over the car. The formula for water planning is speed, tread depth and water depth. It is important to maintain your tires and slow down when it is raining. Even light rain can be dangerous, especially during the first few minutes as rain mixes with oils on the road surface.
Edmunds offers excellent tips for driving safely in the rain. Also check out these two videos that talk more about what water planning is and what to do if it should occur.
Technology helps but is not a substitute for caution brakes and lane departure warning technology can help us stay safer, do not trust on them. Be careful and be prepared:
- Maintain your tires – make sure the tread is good and that they are properly inflated.
- Slow down when it rains. Many experts suggest that the speed be reduced by about a third.
- Avoid standing water.
- Disable cruise control on wet roads and when it is raining.
- Increase the following distance between you and the car forward.
- If you make a water plane, stay calm, relieve the accelerator pedal and do not make any sudden movements that could cause a spin.