DRIVING IN A BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS

Weather is very predictable in Vancouver. It always rains :)

You probably noticed that amount of car accidents dramatically increases during rainy days. Do you know how easy to lose control of your vehicle on a wet road? What are you going to do if you find yourself in a skid or hydroplaning?

It's not just frightening experience, it's completely nerve-wracking. To prevent hydroplaning keep your tires properly inflated, maintain good treads on your tires and replace them when necessary.

To avoid skidding and hydroplaning while driving slow down and adjust your speed to the wet road conditions. Steer and brake with a light touch, especially on a curves. When you need to stop, do not brake hard to avoid lock the wheels. Gently pump your brakes if your vehicle has not ABS, or apply mild pressure on a brake pedal if your vehicle has ABS. Always maintain a safe distance while driving and increase it on a wet road. Remember, your braking distance will increase on a wet road.

If you do find yourself hydroplaning, try to stay cool and do not panic. Do not hard brake, it will throw your vehicle in to skid, from which recovery would be difficult. What the driver experience when a vehicle hydroplanes will depend on which wheels have lost traction: front, rear or all wheels together.

If front wheels hydroplane ease your foot off the gas until the car slows and you can feel the road again. If braking is unavoidable, the driver should lightly pump the brakes (or brake normally if has ABS) until hydroplaning has stopped. If the rear wheels hydroplane and cause oversteer, the driver should steer in the direction of the skid until the rear tires gain traction, and then rapidly steer in the other direction to straighten the car.