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Tips for safe driving in wet weather

Posted at 11:52 AM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 14:52:14-05

It's been a while since the Central Coast has experienced significant rainfall. As we enter the rainy season, here are some tips from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department to help you stay safe while driving on wet roads:

  • Routinely check your tires for tread depth and proper inflation.
  • Slow down. As rain falls, it mixes with grime and oil on the road creating slick conditions.
  • Know how to recover from a skid. Remember not to slam on the brakes. Apply firm, steady pressure to the brakes and steer the car in the direction of the skid.
  • Keep your distance from the car ahead of you. It takes about three times longer to brake on wet roads than on dry roads.
  • Turn on your headlights. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you.
  • First rains make the road very slippery and the most difficult to drive on as mud and oil combine with water to form a slippery layer.
  • Dry your brakes after driving through standing water. If you have driven through standing water, apply the brakes lightly for a short time to dry them.
  • Make sure your wipers are in good condition and functioning properly. California law requires that if you have your wipers on, your vehicle headlights must also be on.