Just because it isn’t necessarily uncommon to drive in the rain doesn’t mean we shouldn’t exercise caution each time we do. According to AAA, wet pavement plays a factor in over 1 million auto accidents each year. As we’re in the middle of those spring months during which wet roads seem more normal than not, we at Heritage Mitsubishi wanted to take a few moments to discuss how we should react when driving on wet terrain.
- Slow down. You knew we were going to say it; we couldn’t not. Speed plays a large factor in motor vehicle accidents. As the driver, speed helps determine whether you will have enough time to react to a slippery situation, and slowing down can potentially prevent the vehicle from slipping altogether. We also recommend you avoid using cruise control during rainy weather.
- Don’t slam on your brakes. Despite your natural reaction to tense and stomp on the brakes, stay as calm and relaxed as possible so you can focus your attentions on where you want to go. If your vehicle begins to hydroplane or skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go. Slowly and steadily apply the brakes and let your vehicle’s anti-lock braking system do its job.
- Take it one step at a time. If your vehicle begins to skid along the waterlogged asphalt, perform one task at a time. You don’t want to brake and turn and panic at the same time. First, begin to slowly brake as we mentioned earlier. Second, you’ll want to begin calmly turning your vehicle, if necessary, in the direction you want to go. You will want to take a deep breath and keep the panicking to an absolute minimum.
For more information on preparing your vehicle to drive during the season of showers, contact our service department. We wish you happy and safe trails, whether the sun is shining or the rain clouds are rolling overhead.