Ah, spring. Fresh flowers, the sound of birds singing, and… thunderstorms.
Heavy rain might be nice to watch from the safety and comfort of your house with a cup of coffee, but when it comes to driving, storms can seriously hurt visibility on the road and threaten the safety of you and your passengers. Here are some driving safety tips for staying safe during heavy thunderstorms.
Don’t Use Cruise Control
When using cruise control your chances of losing control of your vehicle actually increase. Preventing loss of traction requires drivers to gradually reduce speed by taking their foot off the gas.
Turn on Headlights
You may think that if your car has automatic running lights, you won’t need to turn on your headlights, but when you just use your running lights, the person behind you can’t see your taillights.
Don’t Drive Through Deep Water
A puddle as shallow as three inches deep can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Watch out for water that obscures road markings.
Steer Where You Want to Go
If your car starts to skid, steer the direction you want to go, and don’t panic if your first attempt to maneuver out of the hydroplane fails; three to five tries might be needed.
Wet roads can cause cars to take longer to come to a full stop, so leave extra room between your bumper and the car in front of you.
We at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used hope this guide of driving safety tips in the rain keeps you safe and sound during turbulent spring weather.