How to Drive Safely in Wet Road Conditions

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Driving in wet weather can present a whole new range of challenges for the driver, which can make the experience more demanding and stressful. However, provided you have the proper knowledge, preparation and adjust your driving style accordingly, it is possible to move safely and smoothly in adverse and wet weather conditions.

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With higher levels of water on the road acting as a lubricant, the level of grip available for your tires is significantly reduced and it's easy to skid or lose control of your vehicle. Even if your car has antilock brakes or stability control, it will still take you much longer to stop on a wet road than a dry one.


Remember that because your tires have less grip available, you need to be much smoother with your steering, braking, and acceleration inputs. When applying the brake, for example, first apply gentle pressure and then steadily build up the force needed to stop. Due to adverse conditions, it is a good idea to increase your drive safe or drive safely margins by leaving a four second gap between you and the car in front.


Hydroplaning can be a major fear for drivers when driving in the rain. It occurs when the tire lifts up and slides on standing water on the road, resulting in a loss of grip and instability. A driver will normally feel when this is happening because the steering wheel feels too light or from a sudden pull on the steering wheel. If your car is hydroplaning, you must fight the urge to drive or brake, as this could result in a massive loss of control. Instead, gently release the accelerator, and as the car slows down, the tires will regain contact with the road surface and your control will be restored.

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Aquaplaning normally only occurs at high speeds on wet roads and can often occur when driving on a highway in the rain. So if the rain is persistent and you can see standing water on the road, be aware that hydroplaning is a very likely possibility and slow down accordingly.


The grip level of your tires will influence the stability and control of your car during rain. The legal minimum tread depth is set at 1.6mm, however many automotive organizations now recognize that the ideal is to change tires when the depth drops below 3mm to ensure proper grip in all conditions. .


One of the biggest problems when driving in the rain is reduced visibility and that is why wiper blade manufacturers recommend changing the blades every 6 months. Making sure they are always in top condition to clean up the water quickly, without leaving streaks or darkened marks. It's also a good idea to keep your windshield washer bottle filled with windshield wiper so you can quickly clean up any dirt or grime.


In addition to the rain obscuring the view on the outside of the windows, you may also find that the inside of the glass has also fogged up. To clear the fog, turn the heater or air conditioner fan on high or open a window to allow air to circulate and remove the fog. Remember that other drivers will too when experiencing reduced visibility, so it's a good idea to turn on your car's headlight bulbs whenever it rains.


There is no doubt that driving in the rain presents potential challenges and dangers, however if your vehicle is in good condition, adapting your driving style accordingly, and increasing your safety margins, it may still be possible to move forward safely. If you want to know more about our website, please visit: eFourwheel.com

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