Wet pavement is a main contributing factor in over one million accidents per year. That’s a staggering number to say the least but there’s plenty you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a statistic. Here are a few suggestions for driving in the rain from us at Riverhead Hyundai.
- Slow Down – Driving isn’t a race despite the way some speed demons may act on the road. Take your time and slow down. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of hydroplaning and increase your tire’s traction. Keeping your distance is a great way to ensure you have plenty of time to stop as well.
- Cruise Control – On dry pavement, cruise control is a great thing to have. On wet pavement, it can be a danger. When cruise control is active, the driver is unable to take their foot off of the accelerator to slow down right away. Instead, you’ll have to hit the brake and that can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
- Skidding – If you find yourself in a skid, don’t panic. Fixing the problem is easier with a clear head. First, steer in the direction you want the car to go. Second, keep your foot on the gas and don’t hit the brakes. Those two simple steps will help you regain control of the vehicle in no time!