Wet Weather Driving Tips for Spring
Be Prepared for Wet Weather
Usually, it’s best to avoid travel during wet weather, especially if you’re uncomfortable driving in the rain. There is no reason to put yourself in danger if it’s not necessary.
If you do need to travel in spring, be prepared for wet, rainy weather. Wet conditions can be very hazardous to drive through, especially if you’re not used to doing it. Rain will reduce your visibility, wet pavement changes how your vehicle handles, and puddles on the road are a serious hazard. When you have to drive in wet conditions, here are some driving tips that will help you during your travels.
Get Your Honda Ready for the Season
If you anticipate doing a lot of driving this spring, make sure your vehicle is also up to the task. Our service center has qualified, ASE Certified mechanics who can inspect your vehicle from top to bottom to ensure all equipment is ready for wet weather, including:
- Windshield wipers
- Climate Control
Do yourself a favor and take some extra caution during wet weather. Stick to posted speed limits or even less as conditions dictate. Be mindful of how the car feels as you take curves and come to stops. If it feels dangerous, it most likely is, and the best thing you can do is reduce your speed. Remember that not only is your reaction time slower during wet weather, your vehicle takes longer to respond too.
Keep a Safe Distance From Other Vehicles
Maintain several car lengths between your car and other vehicles, especially large trucks. The obvious goal here is to give you more time to see a slowdown and react, but it also reduces the amount of water hitting your windshield. An obscured windshield reduces visibility and during wet weather you need to be able to see to keep yourself safe.
Keep Your Car Ventilated
Rain means humidity, and when your windows become foggy, it can be impossible to see. Your Honda vehicle has a function that can direct hot air on the windshield to reduce fog and increase visibility.
Avoid Heavy Braking
Sharp uses of your brake make it more likely for you to lose traction in wet weather. A better way to control your speed is to take your foot off the accelerator and let the vehicle slow down before using the brake. Also, avoid using cruise control during rainy weather, so you are forced to pay attention to how you use speed and braking.
Avoid Standing Water
Modern roads and highways are designed to remove standing water quickly, but standing water does happen, so change lanes or steer around standing water. When you drive through puddles, your vehicle can hydroplane or completely lose traction. If your vehicle does hydroplane, take your foot off the accelerator and try to steer in the direction the front of your car needs to go. Avoid making sudden turns or slamming on your brakes.
If It Rains Really Hard, Pull Over
Driving in the rain is not easy and while travelling you should always be mindful of conditions and honest about your ability to handle them. If it’s too hard to see or there’s a lot of traffic, get off the road and wait until the rain moves out of the area. Safety should always be a priority.