When the rain begins to fall in the spring, you need to exercise more caution on the road. Heading out when it’s pouring can be more dangerous, but driving safely in the rain is easier to do if you keep a few simple tips in mind.
Watch for hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is when your car’s tires lose traction with the pavement because of the water on the road. This occurrence is extremely common and only requires a twelfth of an inch of water to occur, so it’s a possibility you should constantly be aware of.
If you’re driving in the rain and begin to hydroplane, slowly let off the gas and steer straight until you feel in control again. Never turn your wheel suddenly to try to correct, as this could cause you to lose control even more.
Even if you’re minding the speed limit, you may not be going slow enough to stay safe in the rain. Speed limits are set for clear, dry conditions, not wet ones. Slow down when the streets are slick and give yourself extra time to stop.
Skip the cruise control
Your GMC or Buick vehicle probably has cruise control, which is super convenient in regular driving conditions. However, this feature can be dangerous to use in the rain. A driver may need to let off the accelerator in order to maintain traction in slippery situations, and having the cruise control on makes this ineffective.
One thing that can help you stay safer when driving in the rain is all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, which is an option offered on a ton of new Buick and GMC vehicles. To learn more about these options, call or email Anthony Buick GMC in Gurnee, IL.