If you’ve lived in Colorado for any length of time, it’s safe to say you are aware of just how unpredictable the weather can be here. No matter where you are located in this state, it seems like the forecast can change in the blink of an eye. Dry and perfect driving situations seem to be the exception rather than the norm. From blinding snow showers to soaking rains, Colorado drivers need to be prepared for all types of road conditions.
Wet roadways play a factor in thousands of motor vehicle accidents every year across the state of Colorado. However, you don’t have to be at the mercy of the conditions. While it’s true wet roadways can be very dangerous, as a driver, there are a myriad of things you can do to avoid being another statistic. The following information can help you stay safe the next time you get behind the wheel and face wet roadways.
Never use cruise control
These days, the vast majority of vehicles are equipped with cruise control. While cruise control is a great feature that can help you maintain or control your speed, one should only use it in dry conditions. If the road is wet, using cruise control can contribute to losing control of your vehicle.
To maintain traction when the roads are wet, you may have to reduce your speed by lifting off the accelerator. You can’t do this if you are using cruise control. Avoiding cruise control will allow you to respond accordingly if your vehicle suddenly loses traction, which will increase your safety.
What if you start to skid?
Even the most experienced and cautious drivers are not immune to skidding or losing control of their car when the road is wet. Although it is easier said than done, do not panic if you experience a skid. Your first instinct may be to slam on the brakes, but this will only make you lose control of your vehicle. Instead, look in the direction you want your car to go, and steer in that direction.
Just slow down
Typically, the best way to avoid accidents on wet roadways is to just slow down. Slowing down will not only reduce the odds of a skid, but it will also help you avoid hydroplaning. Hydroplaning happens when the vehicle’s tires rise up on a layer of water and lose contact with the pavement. This can happen with as little as half an inch of water on the road. Slowing down will not only lessen your chances of hydroplaning, it will also allow you more time to react or stop if needed.
It is virtually impossible to avoid driving in wet-weather conditions in Colorado. You can’t control the weather; all you can do is use the knowledge and information you’ve gained to drive as safely as possible. Unfortunately, in some situations, you may not be able to avoid an accident. If you’re injured in an accident caused by negligence, there are steps you can take to pursue rightful damages.