As fall approaches with wet weather, driving on slick, rainy roads can be treacherous. With so much time spent at home recently, a reminder of how to drive in wet conditions is a good idea. Follow this AAA-recommended advice for staying safe:
Plan ahead. Check weather and driving conditions before getting behind the wheel.
Keep a safe distance. Allow extra space for you to stop if a vehicle ahead of you stops or swerves suddenly. Slow down early before coming to intersections or stop signs.
Be patient. Traffic will be slower when rain is falling. Add in extra time to reach your destination so you don’t have to rush.
Turn headlights on. This doesn’t just help you see the road better— it makes you more visible to other drivers. However, avoid using high beams.
Drive slowly. Even at 35 mph, your tires can lose contact with the road, causing your vehicle to start hydroplaning. To stay in control, slow down, avoid sharp turns, and drive in the tracks of vehicles ahead of you.
Don’t use cruise control. Used in wet conditions, it can increase the risk of hydroplaning.
Eliminate distractions. As always, don’t text, talk, or do anything that takes your attention from the road.