As of Tuesday morning, the California Highway Patrol is reporting a handful of car accidents from Buellton to San Luis Obispo. CHP says that fortunately there are no major injuries but drivers should be cautious on the road.
According to the AAA, wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million crashes each year. Here are some reminders and tips you’ll want to follow next time you’re caught driving in the rain include:
Replace your window wipers if they leave streaks or don’t clear the glass in a single swipe.
Make sure your tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals are properly functioning so other drivers will see you when the rain picks up.
Turn on your headlights whenever you drive in the rain.
Avoid Cruise Control because your chance of losing control can increase.
Slow down and leave room. Slowing down is very important to reducing your chance of hydroplaning.
Finally, if you skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go to, and don’t panic.