Driving on wet, snowy, or icy pavement is a challenge for even the most experienced driver. Modern vehicles have built-in features that help you maintain your proper position on the road, but you can still be subject to scary slips and slides on weather-affected roads. Fortunately, you can learn several driving maneuvers that help keep you safe while driving in inclement weather.
Rain can make roads hazardous during any time of the year, but spring rains can be particularly problematic due to their frequency and their output. When the rain hits the dry pavement, it combines with the oil, dust, and other substances on the road to make a slick brew, perfect to make vehicles slide dangerously. Even when the rain seems relatively light, you should slow down and increase your stopping distances.
Unfortunately, even cautious drivers can begin to hydroplane, that condition that occurs when your tires stop meeting the pavement and start gliding on water instead. Once your tires lose contact, you can easily swerve into another vehicle or go off the road. To prevent this from happening, you should turn off your cruise control when it is raining. Keep the air pressure at the correct level at all times, and replace your tires when the tread becomes worn. If you do begin to hydroplane, do not slam on the brakes. Instead, head for an open area to give you room to recover.
When you are driving on snow, you need to increase your following distance to at least 8 to 10 seconds, depending on how large and heavy your vehicle is. You may need to increase that distance if you have a larger car or truck. Experts suggest that a car going 35 mph on dry pavement will need between 60 to 97 feet to stop. They recommend doubling that distance for wet pavement and tripling it for pavements packed with snow. For icy roads, they suggest multiplying that number by ten. In addition, you should avoid passing and not drive through snowdrifts.
Well-maintained and properly sealed roads reduce problems during inclement weather, but not all municipal or state roads are up to snuff. Slow and steady is always the best the choice for driving on any sort of compromised pavement. Even if you have four-wheel drive, you can still hydroplane and slide. No matter how well-maintained the roads are, they can become dangerous when bad weather hits. Keep your vehicle in good condition and take precautions when you are on wet, snowy, or icy roads. Contact an asphalt sealing service for more information.