Saturday, November 23, 2019

Driving in Wet Weather? Here's some tips on staying safe.

You should never attempt to drive through water more than 6 inches deep or if the water comes to halfway up your tire. the car can become buoyant and float. Many people have thought that the water crossing a dip in the road is not very deep and been swept away. If in doubt, find another route!

Allow more time to get to where you are going. Going slower and allowing more time and room between you and the next vehicle will give you more time to react if traffic stops suddenly or you start to lose control of your vehicle. Also, there could be a need for you to take an alternate route due to an accident, downed lines, closed roads, etc. Always know where you are going and identify alternate routes. 

Check on traffic conditions before you leave. There are many mobile apps to help as well as Google Maps. Stop and take a break. When I am done with an out of town meeting or event I will seek out a nearby restaurant I want to try, a mall or someplace I can just sit down, have a snack or something to drink and wait out the traffic rush or plan another way home. 

Use a Bluetooth to chat on the phone. Many cars have it built in or you can get a headset. KEEP YOUR HANDS ON THE WHEEL. Driving is not the time to be proud of your multi-tasking skills. The text can wait. If it's super important, they will call you when you don't respond to a text. Consider using the auto reply feature on your phone. My phone will tell people I can't text because I'm driving right now but I will call back once I am stopped. Often times I get an "OK" text or more often than not a phone call! 

For more tips on driving in wet weather, click here.

You can also learn about what to do if you lose control of your car on a wet road (hydro-plain) here.