Driving in the rain can be dangerous; there’s no getting around it. However, one way you can lessen your risk of getting into an accident or collision when the roads are wet is to prepare yourself ahead of time! Here at Toyota of Orlando, we’re big advocates of proactive prepping for anything and everything. We’ve already shared numerous tips for driving in the rain, but do you know how to react when you face a bad weather car emergency? We’re sharing tips on how to deal with four of the most common driving emergencies when the weather is wet… read on!
Learn how to handle hydroplaning when driving in the rain
Emergency #1: Hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when a thin layer of water forms between your car’s wheels and the road underneath them. It can be a very dangerous situation, because you lose the ability to control your Orlando Toyota. Your first reaction will be to slam on the brakes, but avoid the impulse – it causes you to fishtail and skid. Instead, remove your foot from the gas and steer your vehicle in the direction that you want to travel. Then, once you’ve regained a little control, gently hit the brakes to slow and stop your car.
Emergency #2: Strong wind gusts. Driving in high winds is also another dangerous driving situation that can occur during our infamous afternoon thunderstorms. When you’re driving and a strong wind gust hits you, it’s best to keep your hands firmly on the steering wheel and use it to steer you back into the right path. You can also remove your foot from the gas if you feel like a slower speed will give you more control, but avoid slamming on your brakes – you could cause an accident. Our Orlando Toyota techs also recommend staying away from large trucks or trailers that are more likely to catch strong wind gusts, and leaving more space in between you and other vehicles on the road.
Emergency #3: Sudden deep water. Have you ever been driving and suddenly see a large pool of water in front of you? The debate is always whether or not to drive through it. Here at Toyota of Orlando, we tend to err on the side of caution and advise you NOT to. Driving through deep water can damage your car’s interior, not to mention the electrical system and mechanical components. If you find yourself suddenly in deep water, back out slowly and find an alternate route.
Avoid damage from flying debris with Toyota of Orlando tips
Emergency #4: Flying debris. In high winds, you may find flying debris in your path or even headed toward you! In these situations, keep your eyes peeled and focused on your surroundings. If you see debris flying toward you, slow down. Slower speeds means less damage. If you can get out of the way of the projectile, do so, but be aware of other cars around you!
Want more tips, or think you need to prep your car for driving in the rain? Call Toyota of Orlando today at (407) 298-4500!