Storm Season Safety

February 13, 2024

As Southern California sees record setting rain fall, safe driving becomes even more important in our daily travels.  SBCTA would like to share some tips for driving in rainy weather, to reduce risk and avoid a potentially dangerous commute.

Safe driving starts before you drive.  Ensure that tires have the proper tread depth, replace worn windshield wipers and check to make sure all lights and signals are working properly.

Remain in control.  Cruise control or self-driving features may be convenient in dry weather but should be avoided during a rainy commute to be able to quickly respond to any loss-of-traction situations or road hazards.

Slow down and leave room.  Tires can lose contact with the road in as little as half an inch of water.  To reduce chances of hydroplaning, drive slower, avoid hard breaking or turning sharply and drive in the tracks of the vehicle in front of you.  Additionally, It’s important to allow ample stopping distance between cars and beginning to slow down earlier for intersections and turns.

Responding to a skid.  If you feel your car begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want to car to go, don’t panic and avoid slamming on the crakes to maintain control.

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