The crazy weather events we’ve all experienced lately remind us that Mother Nature is nothing if not unpredictable. You could be driving along on a perfectly sunny day when a sudden massive downpour hits, creating dangerous road conditions which can lead to hydroplaning. Peruzzi Toyota in Hatfield, PA wants our customers to always be safe, so we offer these smart tips for navigating a serious rain event.
Obviously, first turn your wipers and headlights on, and cancel cruise control. Within the first few minutes of a rainstorm, things like dirt, oils and debris start washing off the road. This can create “hydroplaning,” that weird feeling when your vehicle seems to be hovering above the road, similar to what happens when you hit a patch of ice. As with that situation, take your foot off the gas, don’t brake and wait until your tires slow to the point where they can disperse the water. Keep it slow until the rain lets up.
Of course, if you’re dealing with a deluge, be aware of flood conditions that can come on fast. If you can, either pull over or get to higher ground. Too many drivers attempt to continue on through standing water; in a best-case condition, the car merely stalls out. In worst cases, the car is ruined, or the driver finds themself trapped and in serious danger. Water over a foot deep can sweep a car away, so remember this helpful phrase from the National Weather Service: “Turn around, don’t drown.”
The service experts at Peruzzi Toyota will tell you that having tires that are in peak shape is one of the key things to keep you safe on wet roads. The tread is your main point of connection; once the depth reaches 4/32”, it’s time to replace them. Of course, keep tires properly inflated as well for maximum performance – under any road conditions.