Now that we are officially in the throes of winter weather, dealing with driving in it can be a bit difficult. We suggest first understanding what kind of weather is expected to hit your home city this winter and then adjusting your driving around that. Learn tips and tricks to make sure you are fully prepared for whatever kind of weather you find yourself in. For example, if you live in a snow heavy place, look into how to drive in the snow. If you live in San Francisco, or many other places in California, you can almost guarantee at least heavy rainfall. Sometimes you will experience snow as well, but most likely just snow. With this in mind, make sure you know how to drive in the rain.
Avoid Cruise Control
While this driving feature is very convenient for long trips on predominantly flat terrain, this is dangerous for drivers when driving in rainy environments. This increases the chance a driver has of spinning out, putting them and other drivers in serious danger. Slick roads require constant change in speed, even if small changes, so the driver has to actively have their foot by the brake and accelerator.
Leave Plenty of Space
This is an important driving rule to follow when on the road at any time, but especially when driving in the rain. Decelerating takes a lot more time in order to do so safely in order to avoid spinning out, so you want to make sure you leave plenty of space to account for that. Otherwise, you may either 1) reduce your speed too quickly and spin out or 2) hit the car in front of you.
Furthermore, Follow This Guide to Avoid Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is something that happens to your car when the roads are wet. It is when your tires lose the grip of the road and rather than touching the surface of the road, glide along the water. In order to avoid this happening, make sure you slow down your overall driving speeds. You also will want to avoid aggressive braking, rather brake at a slower rate. We also suggest that you avoid taking sharp turns as that can also affect your tires’ grip of the road.