Tips To Avoid Slipping and Sliding Down the Road

San Antonio is one of the most beautiful cities in Texas, in part because of the more than 30 inches of rain we receive each year. But, all that rain increases the risk of hydroplaning. As little as 3 centimeters is all it takes for a vehicle to hydroplane, and it is a common trip hazard drivers need to protect themselves against. The following tips can help ensure your tires stay firmly connected to the road the next time the skies open up and the rains start to fall.

1. Inflate Your Tires & Check the Tread

Proper tire inflation ensures your tread efficiently channels the water away from your tire as it rolls along. Ensure the tires are inflated to the manufacturer's recommendations and that the tread is of sufficient depth. If the tread is less than 2/32 of an inch, you could receive a ticket, or worse, lose control of your vehicle and cause a crash. This is an easily avoidable trip hazard that applies to all road conditions.

2. Slow Down

Slow down when the roads are wet. This will help the tires scatter the water more effectively and will make it easier to come to a complete stop if traffic starts to back up.

3. Go Gentle On the Brakes

Never slam your brakes when you encounter water. This can compress water beneath the wheels and lift the tires from the road surface, thus further reducing traction. Rather, it's best to coast or, if you must, gently apply the brakes.

4. Turn Off Cruise Control

This is crucial, because as the computer senses slower travel as you go over water, it automatically accelerates. This can cause you to zoom out of control.

5. Don't Assume It's "Just a Puddle"

Whether it's a new road or a road you know by heart, never assume you know what's beneath the puddle up ahead. It could be a few millimeters of water, or it could have opened up a sinkhole. When encountering standing water, it's always best to avoid this common trip hazard whenever possible.

Searching for more ways to avoid a trip hazard on your next drive? Contact the team at Welmaker Injury Law at (210) 828-6033. It's our pleasure to help ensure that your next drive through town or out into the country is safe and enjoyable.