Driving in Wet Weather

by on Aug.25, 2016, under Safe Driving Tips

Driving in wet weather can be hazardous and rain can increase the likelihood of accidents. Following a few simple guidelines will help to prevent crashes from happening which may require professional car smash repairs.

Nova Smash Repairs offers comprehensive repairs for cars which have been damaged in wet-weather accidents. Our team are highly experienced and will have you safely back on the road as quickly as possible.

This is a guide to driving safely in wet conditions.

Faulty windscreen wipers which don’t clear water away properly are an important contributing factor to car crashes in wet conditions.

Make sure that cracked or snapped windscreen wipers are replaced as soon as possible. If wipers drag along the surface of the glass then it is a good idea to have them replaced with newer and more efficient wipers.

Defective lights can make cars less visible during downpours, which increases the risk of accidents. Test lights regularly and replace broken ones. Sometimes a faulty light can slip under so radar, so always be vigilant.

Worn or deflated tires are liable to make a car skid in wet conditions. Check tire pressure at least once a month and refill tires with air if necessary. Watch out for any nails or stones which may be stuck in the tread. Properly maintained tires will aid car performance in wet conditions.

Most modern cars feature cruise control. Using cruise control can prevent a car from being able to slow down properly. Stopping distances increase in wet conditions, so it is best to turn off cruise control if the road is wet or if there is a downpour.

Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water on the road causes car tires to rise off the tarmac. This usually happens at high speed, so it is important to slow down and keep a safe distance between cars in front. If the car tires rise off the road, there is a higher chance that the car can lose control and swerve to cause an accident. Make sure to leave two or three car lengths in between other vehicles when the road is slick or it is raining.

If skidding does occur, then it is important not to panic. Continue to look and steer in the direction the car was going before the skid. Avoid slamming on the brakes as this can and make it harder to control.

Follow these guidelines to help avoid road accidents in wet weather.

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