Our rainy season is here – good for May flowers, potentially nerve-racking for drivers.
These springtime weather trends can impact road conditions, creating some less-than-ideal roadways for you and your vehicle (which is typically your largest asset after your home). Of course, auto insurance protects against many potential financial pains, but remember, not all insurance is created equal. Some policies simply meet the legal requirements; in most states this means your auto insurance will cover the damage you cause to other cars in collisions so it’s best to be a prepared and mindful driver. Here are 5 rainy season safety tips for wet road conditions to stay safer this season:
Turn on your headlights! They assist you but also make your vehicle more visible to others. Did you know it’s even the law to turn on headlights when visibility is poor? This is an easy way to maintain safety when the weather turns.
Be socially distant
Wet roadways demand longer stopping times. Give yourself additional time to react by keeping added car lengths between you and nearby vehicles. Always a great tip, but especially important when conditions deteriorate.
Driving slower can minimize your chances of the dreaded hydroplane. Hydroplaning happens when your tires lose traction with wet roads – and unfortunately, 4-wheel drive can’t assist with this. You can hydroplane even if you are in a larger vehicle! If you experience hydroplaning, stay calm and don’t brake or make sudden turns. Taking your foot off the accelerator is best to avoid further skidding.
If you feel unsafe driving, see potential flooding or visibility worsens, pull off the road, turn your hazard lights on, and take a break. Sometimes, this is best to avoid dangerous road conditions and even other drivers.
Maintain your tires
Worn tires lose their tread and proper ability to grip the road. Keeping your tires inflated to standards and in good condition can make driving in all conditions safer. Be sure to periodically inspect your tires for any damages or tread wear.
Navigating wet road conditions can be stressful, but keeping these rainy season safety tips in mind may help prepare you for a safer rainy season. Have questions about which auto insurance is best for you? Contact us to review your coverage this spring.