Are You Ready for Rain?

While many areas of our country are experiencing record cold and snow, rain is a bigger problem not just now but year-round. Rain is a contributing factor to thousands of crashes every year. Many of these crashes are preventable when drivers remember that driving in foul weather requires a different approach.

When the road is wet, the film of water on the asphalt causes tires to lose traction. While the most common tip is to slow down in the rain, click on the link below for other tips that will help keep you, and those who share the road with you, from becoming a statistic.


Tips for Driving in Rain

  1. Take Precautionary Measures before the storm. Stay on top of your truck's condition. Its brakes, tire pressures, tire tread depth, wiper blades, and defroster operation should all be checked regularly.
  2. Don’t use cruise control. Increase following distance! Slower speed and more room = more time to react to danger (including other drivers)! Brake earlier and with less force than you would normally. Not only does this reduce the chances of a skid, but it also lets the driver behind you know that you're slowing down. Take turns and curves at a lower speed than you would in dry conditions, especially if you are deadheading or bobtailing.
  3. Don’t attempt to drive through large puddles or running water. If you see a large puddle up ahead, drive around it or choose a different route. It could be that it's covering a huge gaping hole clear to China! Well, maybe not, but water splashing up into your truck's engine compartment could damage its internal electrical systems. If you must cross a puddle, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your brake drums.
  4. If you start to hydroplane, don't brake suddenly, or turn the wheel. Release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until the truck regains traction. If you must apply your brakes, just tap them. Keep your steer tires pointed straight down the road.
  5. Keep your 5th wheel greased! A properly lubricated 5th wheel will make steering easier in rainy conditions.

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