Driving On Wet Roads

Rain Tire

There are many articles that give drivers the tools they need to drive in extreme conditions, such a ice and snow, but what is much more common is rainy conditions. When the roads are wet, there are certain pattens that emerge. When the roads are wet your brakes can respond slower, your tires and grip less and you can hydroplane, skid and your car can lose control.  So lets take a look at what we can do to minimize the risk of accidents when the roads are wet.
Have you ever noticed that when you are driving down a high traffic road such as a highway, that there are grooves in the road where other cars have passed through? These grooves are cause by the continuous weight of vehicles that drive along the side path down the road, which created grooves.  These grooves can be a great way for you to gain additional traction when the weather conditions are less than optimal.  We suggest that when you are following another vehicle in bad driving conditions that you stay within these grooves. Driving on the non-grooved part of the road can cause the car to slide or even to hydroplane due to the difference in height.  Therefore allow the car in front of you to lead and you merely follow. Now, having said that, lets clarify that sometimes when it is pouring the car in front of you may cause the rain water to douse your windshield leaving you without the optimal visibility.  Leave a safe distance between you and the car ahead and if you are behind a large or heavy truck then even more so.
When driving conditions are questionable at best like we tend to get here in Houston from time to time you want to proceed with caution.  The best way to do so is to lower the speed of your vehicle.  Do not drive fast, do not speed because your car and its important components, like the tires, brakes and steering will be affected when the road is wet.  When you drive faster than you should, then accidents are bound to happen. When the weather is against you or if it is late, take extra precaution.  Most importantly, avoid passing other vehicles if you can avoid it.
If you want a direct correlation between the tire pressure in your cars tire and your gas mileage then go no further.  The proof is here and it also affects other aspect of the driving experience.  Each and every tire on the market are made with very specific requirements for their most efficient and safest use.  Around the face of the tire you can see what the PSI should be for your specific tire.  If you are not sure go to a tire store and ask.  You want and more importantly need your car to behave at its peak performance.  Having under inflated tires can cause a lag in your MPH rate.

If you have ever found yourself in the middle of a torrential downpour or monsoon you will know how important your windshield wipers are to your very survival.  If your blades are
old or do not work well, get rid of them.  This is not something to be taken lightly, because if you cannot see, you cannot drive.  It is as simple as that. Your windshield blades can be
changed every two winter seasons or two years of good and constant use.  It is also possible to get a product that helps defog your windshield and mirrors it is a product that also helps
the water bead off the glass. Take pride in doing what needs to done to your vehicle to ensure safety for you and everyone around you.

When braking is necessary try at all cost to slam on the breaks or to continually press on them if they do not seem to be responding . If you know the road you are traveling on and there is a light or a stop up ahead prepare for it, ensure that you give your vehicle plenty of time to respond to any conditions you may ask of it.  If you slam on the breaks when the weather is bad then you can cause your car to hydroplane and slip or skid or all three.  Most vehicles in the last 10 years have come with ABS as a standard feature.  ABS stands for anti lock brakes, which is  a technology which allows a computer in your car to assist in the breaking process under duress.

Drive Well In Bad Weather

Mountain Road and hazardous driving

You may think that the harsh winter might not affect you because you live in Houston Texas.  Well, for most of you that is true, you will have little to no snow driving and winter weather driving tips from most writers, but what about that small percentage that do indeed drive in extreme weather conditions?

This may or may not be you, but if you ever find yourself in this situation you will be glad you came across this article and learned a thing or two.  Knowledge is power and being aware of what weather conditions might arise or what extreme weather challenges you might find in the future, you will be glad you read on.

If you ever find yourself on an icy or snowy road, beside experience, which will always be your ally you can count on several tips to get through this tough driving experience in one piece.

If you find that your vehicle has begun o spin out of control or your car is skidding, slipping and sliding, not gripping as it usually does and your steering wheel and tires seem to have lost communication, fret not.

When you find yourself in this situation, what you have to do is remain calm.  With driving in icy/snowy conditions you may think that erratic moves and slamming on the brakes would be a good call – think again.  You need to remain level headed.  Even if you grew up in a snowy area, in Texas not everyone knows how to handle a snow storm or drive successfully in one.

Vehicles that are AWD (all wheel drive) can help you regain control much faster as can having a good and decent set of tires with hefty all weather treads on them, thus allowing the rubber to better grip through the chunky snow on the ground.

It is not recommended to get 2 snow tires on the back of your car if it is a rear wheel drive or 2 snow or all weather tires in the front if you have a front wheel vehicle.  It will make it more likely that you lose control to be honest.  The reasons most car tires are sold in sets of 4 or 5 (including the spare) is because it takes for most vehicles a minimum of 4 tires that are equal nights, weights and widths.

Depending on the features of the car you drive you may have ESC (electronic stability control). This is at its most useful because when you start to spin out, it helps your vehicle regain control by shifting power to the tires that seem to have lost their grip.  It is almost a hail marry solution and if your car is newer than 2006, then most cars come with it as a standard feature.

When you drive in snowy conditions, wet conditions of foggy conditions, what is most important is that the other drivers can easily see you coming in the opposite direction.  Turn your lights on for safety, I for example have my headlights on each and every time I drive, it matters not if it is 10 am.

Make sure your windshield wipers are working, and that you can defog your windshield, because when the temperature drops, you inevitably put on the heater. The difference in temperature makes from some foggy windows from the inside, as condensation forms on the outside.

The average distance is a car length and a half in most instances.  When the weather is bad, it takes longer for your car to respond, it takes longer to brake, longer to stop and you have a lot less control of your vehicle on the whole.

If your car is skidding out, you want to let your foot off the gas and do not hit the brake, just try to correct the skid, but do so gently and not abruptly because being to forceful could send you into a tail spin. The most important advice we can give is go slow, it is better to get there slowly and safely then speed around and never arrive at your destination.