‘Tis the season of sudden downpours and frequent showers and even sunny San Diego isn’t exempt from this fact of life. With more rain on the horizon this week, it’s a good time to re-familiarize yourself with the art of safe driving in unsafe weather.
In order to help you and those around you travel safe on wet roads this season, keep the following in mind:
- Exercise caution. Drive defensively by adjusting your speed to the present road conditions.
- Allow for more travel time. Plan to drive slower and anticipate traffic delays.
- Brake earlier and with less force. This will reduce the chance of a collision with the drivers around you.
- Avoid using cruise control. The cruise control feature could cause your vehicle to accelerate when you are hydroplaning.
- Turn your headlights on. It helps you see the road, and helps other motorists see you as well.
- If you hydroplane, don’t brake suddenly or turn the wheel. Instead, release the gas pedal slowly and keep the steering wheel straight until the car regains traction. This will help you avoid skidding.
Of course even when abiding by these strategies, accidents do happen. If you find yourself in need of non-emergency roadside assistance on San Diego freeways, simply dial 5-1-1 from your mobile phone and say “Roadside assistance”. Doing so will connect you with a trained dispatcher who can ensure that you receive the appropriate aid and will stay on the line until such help has arrived.