Posted: Aug 3, 2011 5:37 PM by Stephanie Collins
Updated: Aug 3, 2011 7:11 PM
When we get downpours like last night, it can make driving dangerous. We turned to local driving school, Master Drive, for some advice on how to drive in heavy rain, and how to get out of trouble if you hydroplane or slide out of control.
To lower your risk of doing either, it's best to avoid standing water or high speeds in really wet weather, if you do start to skid or slide, "The most important thing to do is look where you want to go and steer in that direction, without touching the gas or the brake," explains Spencer Pace with Master Drive
If you use your brakes, the tires will stop rolling and you'll continue to slide. In addition to skidding, your car can also hydroplane in wet conditions, "When you're hydroplaning you're literally riding on top of that water, things will go kind of quiet," explains Pace. He adds that recovering from hydroplaning is similar to getting out of a skid, "Let off the gas gradually, look where you want to go, and steer in that direction."
To make sure you can see and be seen in a rainstorm, check to see that your wipers and headlights are working. Last but not least, stay calm, "If you can't control yourself, then the chances of controlling the vehicle are pretty slim," adds Pace.
State patrol says their goal is to reduce the number of crashes, so if they think you are driving to fast for conditions; you can be pulled over no matter what the speed limit is.
For more on Master Drive, click here.