Know How to Navigate Yourself Through Heavy Rain

September 21st, 2016 by

Driving in Rain

Stevie Ray Vaughan once told us that the sky is crying in the song “Texas Flood” – and while none of us here want any kind of flooding to happen, but when the skies do open up and we get some heavy rain, we all need to be prepared, especially if we’re on the roads and driving. It’s why at Gene Messer Volkswagen, we have put together a list of things to know and do when you get caught in a rainstorm.

  • If you can, try and avoid driving in heavy rain, and be sure to check local forecasts and any warnings from the National Weather Service
  • When you drive slower and keep your distance, you’ll have more control over your vehicle
  • Make sure your headlights are on, but not your high beams, which can distract you, or other drivers
  • Use your defrosters to keep out fog, and set the air conditioning to the fresh air setting on your vehicle
  • Remember that the start of the storm is when it can be most dangerous and slippery, as the water mixes with oils on the road
  • Make sure you don’t hydroplane, which is when your vehicle loses contact with the road, and feels like it is floating. If this happens, keep calm, take your foot off the gas, and steer in a safe direction
  • You can avoid hydroplaning by slowing down, turning off cruise control, and avoiding sudden turning or braking
  • You’re more likely to hydroplane on non-grooved asphalt roads, especially where there are tire ruts worn in, so be mindful of what type of road you are driving on, too
  • Any puddle could be a pothole, so approach them all with caution
  • Always avoid flooding roads, or roads with moving water, because that can cause many issues. It can damage your vehicle’s electrical system, or engine, and remember, one foot of water can float some vehicles, and two feet of water can sweep vehicles away – including trucks and SUVs
  • If it ever gets too bad, find higher, safe ground, and wait out the storm

Be sure to remember these tips, and if you want to learn more about safety in our new Volkswagen lineup, we’d be happy to arrange test drives here in Lubbock today.

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