Houston, Texas, may not be known for its brisk fall temperatures, but there is one aspect of fall that we don’t miss out on. The seasonal rainfall. Driving on wet roads can be difficult, and it often leads to an increased amount of auto collisions. Collision King believes that safety is the most important factor in driving, so we’ve listed some helpful tips to stay safe and avoid a collision when driving on wet roads:
- Know How to Respond to a Skid
No matter how carefully you drive, skidding can be unavoidable on wet roads. The water makes roads slick which decreases the effectiveness of your tires’ tread and can have you sliding on the roads. It is vital to know how to safely respond to a skid in order to prevent a collision. If you notice your car beginning to skid, remain calm and continue to look and steer in the direction that you want your car to go. Avoid slamming on the brakes, as this can cause you to lose control of your car. Once control is regained, drivers may find it helpful to safely pull over and take a minute to regain composure.
- Avoid Cruise Control
While cruise control is a great feature in many cars, it is best avoided when driving on wet roads. The chances of losing control of your car increase when driving on slick roads. To respond to this, drivers may need to reduce their speed easing off the accelerator. Cruise control maintains a constant speed for your car, thus making slowing down in response to road conditions more difficult. When driving in wet conditions, it is important that the driver focuses on all aspects of driving. Avoiding cruise control allows the driver more options when a loss-of-traction situation occurs and can decrease the chances of being involved in a collision.
- Decrease Speed and Increase Space
Decreasing speed during rainy conditions is an important way to prevent your car from skidding. Even as little as 1/12 of an inch of rainfall can drastically reduce the effectiveness of your tires’ traction. To reduce the chances of skidding, drivers should slow down and avoid hard braking and sharp turns. Additionally, give yourself plenty of time to respond to the actions of the driver in front of you. Your car will not be as effective when driving on wet roads, so keeping an ample amount of space between you and the car in front of you can give you the time needed for a safe reaction.
Collision King understands that driving in wet conditions can be unnerving. Avoiding a collision is a top priority for most drivers, and rain can make even the most careful driver more likely to crash. To make sure your car is in top condition to drive during rain, give Collision King a call at (713) 686-5677. Our professional team members have a combined 100 years of experience to have your car ready to safely travel on wet roads.