About 1.2 million collisions per year in the United States are caused by slick road conditions, according to the Federal Highway Administration/U.S. Department of Transportation. That means in a town of 1,000 individual drivers, on average about 4 of those people will be involved in a collision while driving in wet conditions.
Let’s go over a few ways to help keep control of your car while it’s raining or otherwise wet on the roadways!
How To Avoid Catastrophic Collisions While Driving In Rain
Do Not Use Your Cruise Control
This is a big one. Cruise control is great for those long freeway road trips to help prevent fatigue, but it’s not so good in situations where constant vigilance is needed.
For one thing, you want to be able to quickly control your speed, either up or down, at any time and having cruise control on probably means your foot is not as near to the pedal as it normally would be, slowing down response time and increasing the chance of a collision.
Also, cruise control drives all tires (either two or four, depending on your vehicle’s setup) at the same speed, no matter if one tire is submerged in water and the other is on dry pavement.
Keep A Safe Following Distance
Wet weather means your tires won’t react as quickly as they would in dry conditions when trying to avoid collisions. This is especially true for braking, where the tires cannot grip the road nearly as well.
Keeping a much larger following distance than normal is key to making sure you can stop if the vehicle in front of you stops quickly.
Slow Down, Don’t Adjust Quickly
At speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, new tires can still hydroplane in certain conditions. Even 1/12” of water on the roadway means your tires need to displace one gallon of water per second to keep a grip on the road, leading to higher risk of collisions.
Anytime there are wet road conditions, take the opportunity to slow down below the speed limit to prevent collisions. Also, be sure to slow down earlier than normal for stops, curves and turns to prevent hydroplaning.
Should you get into a collision, the experts at Peters Body Shop have 50 years of experience in Central Minnesota to get your vehicle up and running again. Contact us right away for all of your collision repair needs!