Driving in Wet Conditions | Jacksonville NC
Driving in Wet Conditions
Summer has come to Eastern Carolina and with it are some serious storms. Now that we’ve seen several big storms in the area we wanted to share some tips on how to drive safely in wet conditions.
Even the most experienced drivers can find themselves in scary situations from a storm. Heavy rains can impair visibility and make the roads slick. Because of this, your vehicle’s reaction time is slower in the rain. If you are ever uncomfortable driving in the conditions, wait for the weather to improve whenever possible.
Tips While Driving:
Adjust your Speed
In rainy conditions you should drive significantly slower than you would otherwise. Always stay under the speed limit.
Keep your Distance
It is important to keep some distance between you and the car in front of you. In rainy weather, a good rule is to stay 5-6 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
Turn on your Headlights
Whether in a slight mist or heavy rain, it is important to turn your headlights on. This will help you see and be seen on the road.
Don’t use Cruise Control
While cruise control is a great tool on a sunny day, in wet weather conditions it can reduce reaction time. Always keep your foot on the brake while driving in rain.
Avoid Standing Water
To avoid hydroplaning, steer clear of driving through standing water. And if you do skid, avoid slamming on the brakes—look and steer in the direction the car wants to go.
To prepare for storm season, check your headlights, taillights, turn signals and windshield wipers to make sure they’re all working well. You should also check the inflation and wear of your tires. If your tire treads are worn down, it could be time for a replacement.
Now is the time to get your car storm-ready as we head into hurricane season. The Marine Chevy service team would love to help get your car ready for summer storms! Whether it be tires, headlights, or brakes, our team will make sure your car is equipped to keep you safe!