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Spring into Safety – Slick Safety Tips

- May 1, 2020 by Guest Bloggers (View all posts by Guest)

It’s been a long, cold winter for much of the country, but now the weather is starting to warm as spring takes hold.  However, with spring comes rain, and with wet roads comes the need for drivers to use caution.  According to AAA, wet pavement contributes to almost 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. Here are some great tips from AAA, the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Minnesota Safety Council for staying safe in the rain.

  • Increase your following distance. When water mixes with the oil and grease on the roads, it creates slippery driving conditions. According to Minnesota Safety Council, it takes two to ten times more distance to stop on wet roads than on dry pavement.
  • Use the fan or defroster to keep your windshield dry and make sure windshield wipers do not leave streaks that can impair your vision.
  • Slow down.  Driving too fast in the rain can result in hydroplaning.  If you can, follow in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Do not slam on your brakes; instead, reduce speed slowly to prevent hydroplaning.
  • Go where you want to go. In the event of skidding, continue to look and steer in the direction in which you want the car to go and avoid slamming on the brakes or turning sharply.  Once pointed in the right direction, accelerate slowly.
  • Keep up on vehicle maintenance. Here is a quick checklist for you:
    • Check the tire pressure monthly.
    • Check the tread once a month, because bald tires can increase the chance of hydroplaning.
    • Check the alignment and balance of tires regularly so that your vehicle is properly equipped to help you stop safely.
    • Rotating tires can help correct irregular tire wear.
  • Avoid cruise control as it can increase your chances of losing control of the car.

Take your time, slow down!

References:

“Spring Driving Tips.” MinnesotaSafetyCouncil.org. Minnesota Safety Council, 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. http://www.minnesotasafetycouncil.org/facts/factsheet.cfm?qs=95976DF88AF44F77B12DE5A69D97BECE

“Wet Weather Driving Tips.” Exchange.AAA.com. AAA, 2013. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/wet-weather-driving-tips/