Colorado Monsoon Continues: Drive Safely in Rain and on Wet Roads
Colorado is in the midst of the North American Monsoon and the result has been a lot more rain and wet roads than most folks in Colorado Springs are accustomed to seeing in a given summer. With no end to the rain in our immediate future, we’re taking this opportunity to remind our friends and neighbors of some safe driving tips when roads are wet.
Wet roads are dangerous because they increase stopping distance by as much as 4x. Pooling water can reduce tire traction and cause hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is caused when your tire comes in contact with more water than it can disburse and the tire is lifted from contact with the road surface resulting in loss of power, steering, and braking control.
The loss of control caused by hydroplaning can cause catastrophic consequences and it is important to know what steps you can take to avoid it:
- Slow down!
- Skip the cruise control
- Avoid abrupt braking and turning
- Stay out of outer lanes where water is more likely to pool
- Follow tracks left by the cars ahead of you
- Give extra space between your car and those around you
- Avoid puddles and standing water
- Maintain proper tire inflation
- Replace tires as recommended
If, despite following these guidelines, you hydroplane as you drive, remain calm and follow these steps to regain control and avoid a crash:
- Take your foot off the gas pedal
- DO NOT brake hard; brake gently
- Steer gently in the direction you want your car to go
By following these guidelines and allowing for extra travel time on rainy days in Colorado, you reduce the likelihood that you’ll cause an accident. Unfortunately, not everyone will follow these precautions and if you or a family member was hurt because someone else was driving unsafely on wet roads in Colorado, call the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. by calling 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.
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