Slow down. If more drivers followed this tip in the rain, accidents would dramatically decrease. Wet weather doesn’t receive the same attention as winter weather driving, but it should. Wet roads present similar dangers—less grip and longer stopping distance, for example.
To watch wet weather driving techniques, watch the video below, which was shot on a professional wet track with a professional driver.
Wet Driving Tips
- Make sure your tires offer the proper amount of tread. (Click here to learn the Penny Test.)
- Own tires that offer maximum grip in wet weather, such as the MICHELIN® HydroEdge®, which stops up to 13 feet shorter than a leading competitor.**
- Drive with two hands. Always.
- Slow down before turning, and maintain a consistent speed throughout the turn.
- While turning, don’t make any sudden steering wheel movements.
- Only brake in a straight line before the turn, and do so gradually. Do not brake during the turn.
- Increase your following distance from other cars significantly.
- If hydroplaning, do not accelerate or brake suddenly. Keep your foot lightly on the gas and steer the car forwards until your tires regain traction.
**Based on third-party wet braking test results versus the Goodyear® Assurance® product line in wet testing.