Tips for Driving Safely in an OKC Rainstorm
Here in Oklahoma City we might not get hit with rain all the time, but we never pretend like we don’t see it. There are times where the heavy wet stuff can fall, and if you happen to be driving, you should make sure you’re taking the right precautions. It’s why here at Bob Howard Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, we have a list of things to be mindful of when driving in a rainstorm.
- If you can, try and avoid driving in heavy rain, and be sure to check local forecasts and any warnings from the National Weather Service
- When you drive slower and keep your distance, you’ll have more control over your vehicle
- Make sure your headlights are on, but not your high beams, which can distract you, or other drivers
- Use your defrosters to keep out fog, and set the air conditioning to the fresh air setting on your vehicle
- Remember that the start of the storm is when it can be most dangerous and slippery, as the water mixes with oils on the road
- Make sure you don’t hydroplane, which is when your vehicle loses contact with the road, and feels like it is floating. If this happens, keep calm, take your foot off the gas, and steer in a safe direction
- You can avoid hydroplaning by slowing down, turning off cruise control, and avoiding sudden turning or braking
- You’re more likely to hydroplane on non-grooved asphalt roads, especially where there are tire ruts worn in, so be mindful of what type of road you are driving on, too
- Any puddle could be a pothole, so approach them all with caution
- Always avoid flooding roads, or roads with moving water, because that can cause many issues. It can damage your vehicle’s electrical system, or engine, and remember, one foot of water can float some vehicles, and two feet of water can sweep vehicles away – including trucks and SUVs
- If it ever gets too bad, find higher, safe ground, and wait out the storm
You can learn more here in our showroom about the safety on all our vehicles, so stop in and see us today!