Unfortunately, that old nursery rhyme, "Rain, rain, go away; Come again some other day" rarely works, which is why there are over 5,760,000 vehicle crashes each year in the U.S. on average. Not surprising that weather, including wet pavement and rain fall, contribute to over 1.2 million of them. Getting pelted with the elements will always be inevitable, but knowing how to safely maneuver the wet pavement is important to any driver. An alarming statistic from the U.S. Department of Transportation1 states that 73% of accidents occur on wet pavement, and 46% during rainfall. So, whether you safely maneuver the terrain or you begin to hydroplane, Foremost wants to prepare you for any situation with these important must-reads:
Check your tire treads before tackling the roads. Low tire treads don't grip the road as well as fully functional tires, so consider using the penny test to effectively diagnose your tire's health. If you can see Lincoln's head, drive on over to the auto shop! If not, you're good to go.
Stay calm. Even experienced drivers can experience this kind of incident, so make sure not to panic. Continue to move in the direction in which your car is pulling and avoiding hitting the brakes as much as possible. De-accelerate slowly by lifting your foot from the gas petal, and shift into a lower gear if you can. If you still find your car skidding on the pavement, you may have to think about an exit plan. Try to steer into an area with low impact like an empty field, avoiding trees and telephone poles as much as you can.
When it's raining cats and dogs, it is unlikely that driving will be enjoyable. However, you can make sure you can handle the rain while driving and stay safe.
Kelsey specializes in social media and marketing at Foremost with a passion for living life to it's fullest! As a recent business school graduate, her interest and enthusiasm for creativity within the marketing field are a perfect fit at Foremost. She never expected to work for an insurance company, but what better place to contribute to the well-being of the community at large than with an insurance provider! In her free time, Kelsey enjoys participating in musical theater, decorating her home, and volunteering. Stay tuned to hear what she has to say about topics from boating safety to avoiding those notorious east coast potholes.