Taking to the road in the rain can be dangerous to say the least. Over a million car accidents a year list wet pavement as a major contributing factor. That’s a huge number, but as it turns out, reducing the chance of an accident is quite simple. Here are a few tips on how to drive in the rain from us here at James Ceranti Nissan.
- Cruise Control – While cruise control is a great convenience technology for dry pavement, it’s quite the opposite on wet pavement. When cruise control is active, the driver can’t remove their foot from the accelerator to slow down immediately. To deactivate the system, the driver has to hit the brake. That can cause a loss of control on wet pavement.
- Leave Room – Keep twice the amount of distance you regularly would between cars. It takes longer to stop on wet pavement. Additionally, slowing down and watching your speed will help improve traction. As a result, you’ll have more control over the vehicle.
- Skids – Even the best drivers experience skidding and, fortunately, it’s easy to maneuver out of as long as you stay calm. First, steer in the direction you want to go. Second, don’t hit the brakes or you risk losing control of the vehicle altogether. Keep your eyes on the road and you should be good to go!