Along with warmer weather and blooming flowers, spring also brings increased rainfall. As most vehicle owners know, driving in the rain can be nerve wracking, especially on the busy Houston, Texas freeways. The collision experts at Collision King understand that no driver wants to be involved in a collision on a rainy day, so we’ve laid out some tips to keep you safe on wet roads.
Allow A Greater Amount of Distance Between Cars
Normally, you should leave at least 3 seconds of space between your car and the car in front of you. However, driving in rainy conditions can cause hydroplaning, which you need time to react to safely in order to avoid a collision. When driving on wet roads, keep at least 5 seconds between your car and the car in front of you.
Speeding is especially dangerous on wet roads, as your tires lose about a third of their normal traction. Without the proper traction, your tires are not able to grip the road properly and can quickly lead to a collision. Reduce your speed by a third to make up for the lost traction when driving in the rain. For example, if the speed limit is 55 MPH, keep your speed under 40 MPH for a safer commute.
Follow the Tracks of The Vehicle in Front of You
Even slightly wet roads can cause oil and other residue to be brought to the surface of the roads. This often leads to slippery driving conditions that can cause problems when braking or even lead to hydroplaning. To avoid driving on this roadway residue, follow the tracks of the car in front of you. Most of the slickness is being wicked away by the other car, leaving you with a safer and drier path.
Check Your Tires
Check your tires often to ensure that they will be safe on wet roads. Properly rotated and inflated tires with a good amount of tread depth will perform much more safely than worn or incorrectly inflated tires. If you notice your tires aren’t in great condition, consider waiting until the rain has stopped before driving, or consider carpooling with a friend.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
While cruise control is great for long freeway trips, it is best avoided when driving in the rain. Cruise control drives your tires at the same speed. This can easily cause a problem if one set of your tires is driving on more water than the other set. To avoid a potential collision, wait until the roads are dry to use cruise control.
Driving on wet roads can easily lead to a trip to your local collision experts. However, taking just a few simple measures can keep you safe and avoid a dangerous collision. If you’ve been involved in a rainy-day accident, give Collision King a call at (713) 686-5677 to get your car running like new again.