Annually more than 450,000 injuries are caused by crashes in adverse weather conditions, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). With spring rain in the forecast, now is a good time for drivers to review the following wet weather driving tips from loss control experts.
Be Wiper Ready -- If you wipers are dry and brittle, they can't do their job. Be sure your wipers are ready for action at all times. And don't forget to fill up on washer fluid, too!
Slow Down -- Drive at least five to 10 miles per hour slower on wet pavement and allow at least twice the normal following distance between cars to provide ample room for stopping.
Don't Be Fooled By Standing Water -- It doesn't take much water to carry away vehicles, including SUV's and pickups. So stay clear of flooded areas, even if it's just a foot deep!
Focus -- Even in good weather, accidents are tired or distracted. So be alert at all times when driving in wet weather.
Skid Recovery -- Keep calm. Don't slam on the brakes and do not pump the brakes if you have an anti-lock braking system (ABS). To get out of a skid, apply pressure to the brakes in a firm manner and steer the car in the direction of the skid.
In Case of Hydroplaning -- Don't panic. Take your foot off the gas, hold the steering wheel in place and lightly apply the brakes. If you have a manual transmission, push in the clutch and let the car slow down on its own.