(Columbia) Dec. 15, 2005 - Slow down: your car needs three times more space to stop on slick roads. Roads become slick and dangerous after a rainfall, snow and ice.
- Cloudy weather reduces visibility, so use extra caution when passing other vehicles.
- Maintain a distance of six to eight seconds between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
- Be deliberate in maneuvering your vehicle – most skidding is caused by sudden stops and turns.
- If your vehicle skids, don't hit the brakes. Ease off of the accelerator and steer into the direction of the skid.
- If you drive through standing water, lightly apply the brakes to dry them.
- Don't speed up when navigating through standing water. Doing so may cause tires to lose contact with the road (hydroplaning). If this occurs, hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply the brakes. After your wheels regain contact with the road, slow down until you have full control of the car.
- Be prepared – have tire treads, brakes and wipers checked.
- Never drive while fatigued. Stop every 2 hours or 100 miles and take a brief rest.
- If you are having car trouble, turn on your hazard lights and pull off the road as far as possible to the right. Light flares or signal for help and stay in your car unless your car is in danger of getting hit by other vehicles. Carry a cellular phone in order to summon help if you become stranded.