They say all good things must end, and that includes the beautiful weather we have had this Fall. While it’s been fun, Oregonians know darn well what is ahead. Rain, and a lot of it, leaving slick roads and standing water to navigate once again. Here are some driving reminders for even the most experienced wet weather driver.
- Leave Space. When the rain hits and the roads get slick, it is essential to leave a little more room between you and the car in front, allowing greater reaction time for both you and other drivers. It is recommended to leave several car lengths to be safe.
- Slow Down. Wet weather makes it easier for your vehicle to lose traction, and even if you have a great reaction time, in the rain, your vehicle’s reaction time is slower. You may be a couple of minutes late for the all-office meeting, but slowing down increases the chances you will arrive safely.
- Watch For Standing Water. It’s hard to believe, but those big puddles of water can cause hydroplaning, the most common type of wet weather-related accidents. If you do find yourself losing control of your vehicle, calmly take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction your car is going.
And don’t forget to take care of the easy stuff. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition (meaning they clean your glass with one swipe), check your headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals so others can see you too.
Drive safe out there.