- Wait Until the Weather Improves if Possible
- Double Check your headlights, tail lights, windshield wipers to make sure that are working efficiently.
- Check the tread of your vehicle’s tires. Use the penny test. Balding tires may cause you to lose traction (and control over your vehicle)
- Slow down and maintain a safe distance between cars.
When the road is wet, the average stopping distance for a five passenger automobile is twice what it is on a dry road. Coupled with poor visibility, which can lengthen the time the driver takes to react, the stopping distances may be even larger.
- Turn on your headlights when you turn on your windshield wipers.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ California Driver Handbook, “You must turn on your headlights if snow, rain, fog, dust, or low visibility (1,000 feet or less) requires the use of windshield wipers.” This law, as stated in California Vehicle Code 24400, took effect in January 2008.
- Avoid heavy braking. Stopping on a wet road will take longer than usual, so start to slow down sooner than you normally would. Let off the gas if you start hydroplaning.
- Watch out for standing water
Do you know what to do if you have been in an accident? Our Frequently asked questions may help.
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