Helpful tips for driving in the rain this winter
By Kia New Zealand Aug 25th 2014
It can be pretty horrible driving in the rain, but most importantly it can potentially lead to dangerous accidents if you are not careful.
That’s why we wanted to share some simple and useful tips to help you get to your destination safely.
Check your car
Effective brakes, tyres, windscreen wipers, lights and steering are even more crucial in wet weather. Check your vehicle regularly, especially in the winter months to ensure its running in optimal condition.
Adjust your driving
Wet, frosty or icy roads can be very slippery. You need to increase your following distance as it takes longer to stop on a slippery surface. You should increase your following distance by using the two-second rule.
Reduce your speed
Slow down. People are so used to driving certain speeds on certain roads that they sometimes forget the need to slow down in wet weather. When water mixes with the oil and dirt on the road it can create slick conditions that encourage skidding. The best way to avoid losing control of your vehicle is to slow down.
Don’t use cruise control
Never drive in the rain with cruise control on. If you hydroplane while in cruise control, your vehicle will actually go faster and increase the risk of losing control or skidding.
Use your Headlights
Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you.
Handling a skid
If your vehicle is hydroplaning or slipping, don’t step on the brakes abruptly as this can potentially make your vehicle spin even more. The first thing you should do is remain calm, ease your foot off the accelerator and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go. This is called "steering into the skid" and will bring the back end of your vehicle in line with the front.
Remember these simple guidelines will help you be safer on wet roads.