Prepare For Wet Weather Driving

Automotive Blog

Spring is here! It's a time of melting snow, big rain and potential flooding. Wet weather driving requires its own kind of preparation and skill. These tips will help you drive safely and take care of your car in the coming months:

Stay Abreast of Weather Reports

Flash floods commonly occur at night, and are frequently the result of slow-moving thunderstorms that drop a lot of rain over a localized area in a short span of time. Flash floods can reach heights of up to 30 feet, washing out roads and making local travel dangerous or impossible.

Check with local weather reports before driving out in the middle of a rain storm, especially when you've received a large amount of rain in a very short amount of time. Local weather reports will tell you if your area is in danger of flash flooding, and what roads to avoid. 

Drive Safely through Wet Areas

Rain water can make roads dangerously slippery, cause cars to hydroplane and can also result in flooded engines. If you're forced to drive in through wet, dangerous conditions, these tips will help you stay safe while protecting your passengers and vehicle. 

  • Never drive through a flooded area of unknown depth. It can be hard to tell just how deep a puddle is until you're trapped in the middle of it. Take detours to avoid stretches of road that are washed out by rain water. 
  • Allow drivers to pass one car at a time through flooded streets. Cars can create dangerous waves when they drive through deep water. To avoid problems, drive through flooded areas one car at a time. 
  • Drive in first or second gear to avoid splashing up huge puddles of water. Driving in first or second gear will force your car to drive more slowly and safely. 
  • Slow down even in light rains. It doesn't take a heavy rain to make the roads slippery. Slow down as soon as the rain water starts to fall.

Repair Damage to Your Car Right Away

Despite taking special precautions, you might find yourself in a flood-related accident this spring. If your car is damaged as a result of a collision, take your vehicle to an auto body and collision repair specialist right away. Waiting can result in rust and corrosion in the damaged areas. If your car is damaged by water intrusion, contact a trusted mechanic right away. High waters can damage your brakes and engine. For more information, speak with your mechanic today.

To learn more, contact a company like Blue Ribbon Auto Body with any questions or concerns you have.


17 April 2015