Spring has finally sprung, and March is making way for April. It is widely known that April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring the most dangerous driving conditions. Most think that snowy and icy conditions are the most difficult to navigate, but most weather-related car accidents happen on wet pavement or during rainfall. The Highway Safety Administration found nearly five times as many accidents in the rain than in snow. The southern U.S. holds three states that simultaneously are in one of the top 10 spots for the most dangerous states for the rain and total numbers of both crashes and fatalities. This area is especially prone to skidding and hydroplaning, and knowing what to do under these conditions can save your life.
Skidding occurs when a vehicle slides sideways or in a fishtail pattern on slippery ground. Typically this happens when the driver stops or turners the car too quickly on wet pavement. Slowly engage the brakes to stop and drive cautiously, especially when making turns. If you find yourself in a skid, remain calm. It can be scary to catch your vehicle in a skid, but staying calm helps you think clearly. Ease off the fas and steer in the direction you want the front of your car to go. Be prepared to do this a few times before your car follows your path. Keep movements small and avoid overcorrecting to gain control of your vehicle.
Hydroplaning occurs after a layer of water gets between the vehicle’s tires and the road’s surface. This water causes you to lose the traction needed to control your car and may cause you to slide. There are three major contributors to hydroplaning; the amount of water on the road, your speed, and tire shape. Keep your tires properly inflated and the treads deep to avoid driving dangerously in the rain. It is also common to avoid puddles of any size because it is difficult to assess how deep it is. If you are hydroplaning, regain control of your car by staying the course. Ease off the gas and avoid braking or turning if possible. Once your car has slowed, and you can feel the road beneath your tires again, use minimal movements to get control.
Even the best drivers on the road sometimes get into accidents. If you find yourself in a collision, know that you have options. Performance Collision Centers has gold-class certified technicians who provide the highest quality repair techniques and procedures. Our highly-trained technicians will get you back on the road with a lifetime guarantee! Find a location near you!