Leave Added Room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Safety experts recommend a two-to-three-second lag between the time the vehicle ahead passes a sign or other fixed object and the point at which your vehicle reaches it. Double that distance in rain or snow to give yourself time to brake.
Slow down. As your speed decreases, the tire footprint (the amount of the tire’s tread contacting the road surface) increases, providing better traction. You also reduce the risk of hydroplaning should you run into deeper water puddle on the road.
Plan your braking. If you are entering a curve slow down and brake gently before you start to turn. Since other cars may not have proper tires for wet weather driving, be extra alert at stop signs and red lights. Also, make sure that your brakes are in good working order. Maintain proper brake fluid levels and make sure brake pads are in good working condition.
Pump Up the Tires. It’s a common misconception that keeping less air in tires improves traction in hot weather, on snow or when you’re carrying
a heavy load. In fact, the opposite is true. Under-inflated tires are much more likely to blow out, come off the rims or “hydroplane” on wet road- ways. For better handling and mileage, you should inflate tires to the maxi- mum air pressure recommended by the manufacturer. If your Edko location has an air compressor, there’s not reason not to use it.
Avoid hydroplaning. If you feel your vehicle starting to hydroplane (riding on the surface of the water), take your foot off the accelerator — don’t hit your brakes. If you have a manual transmission, push in the clutch and let the vehicle slow down until control is regained.
Never use the cruise control when the pavement is wet. If the cruise control is on and your car begins to hydroplane — when your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed and you take off like an airplane.
Turn on your lights. In most states it’s required by law. In may not help you see, but it will help other drivers see you.
Check your wipers. Install new wiper blades at least once a year to ensure good vision. Make sure your windshield wash is full.