No matter what part of the country you live in, it’s likely at some point that you will find yourself driving in bad weather. Whether this means hurricane-worthy rainfall or multiple feet of snow, it’s important to know how to drive in inclement conditions. The next time you find yourself in heavy rain or snow fall, remember these bad weather driving tips to keep yourself and your passengers safer out on the road.
Increase your following distance. When the roads get slick with ice or rain, it’s important to remember that it will take longer for your vehicle to stop. Because of this, you should increase your following distance. The recommended distance for following another in icy or rainy conditions is about nine seconds. While this might seem excessive, it is better to be safe than sorry when traction can easily be lost.
Drive slowly. Every situation is different due to varying speed limits and driving conditions, but no matter what it is important to slow down. Whether it is only by 10 miles per hour or 30 depends on the weather conditions surrounding you. Even if you are in a big hurry, it’s more important to stay safe than risk your life in an accident that could have been prevented.
Don’t use cruise control. Cruise control is great if you’re cruising along on a bright, sunny day, but if there is inclement weather it is better to stay away from this useful tool. If you happen to hydroplane while using cruise control, the system has the potential to accelerate rather than maintain a constant speed, which is what you’re meant to do.
Turn into skids. Even if you have followed all of these tips, Mother Nature may still act against you and cause you to skid. If you find yourself skidding, do not hit the brakes. You are skidding because you lost traction, so the first thing you should do is get off both the gas and brake. Then, steer in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. Your vehicle should eventually gain traction.
If you have any further questions about driving in bad weather or how to prepare your vehicle for winter, just contact us at Aransas Autoplex!