During long dry weather stretches, oil tends to accumulate on the roads. You don’t see it, and because it’s dry, you don’t notice it.
When the rains come after a long dry period, the accumulated oil lifts up and spreads itself all over the road.
That is why roads are always slick in the first 15 minutes of rain.
According to our Weather forecast, Sooke can expect some rain over the weekend. This means the roads will be exceptionally slippery.
[sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]Here’s what you can do to keep yourself, your family, and complete strangers totally safe:
- Slow down!
- Increase your following distance. ICBC recommends a three second following distance, and during the rains, increase that to four. (Do NOT count car lengths, as speed defines the ideal following distance, not a set measure)
- Drive with both hands on your steering wheel.
- Turn on your headlights to increase your conspicuity (being seen).
- Check your tire treads. The number one job of any tire is to channel the water away. If you have no or little tread, you run the very real risk of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is when all tires lose contact with the road.
- Water can affect your braking performance. Brake earlier.
- Don’t use cruise control. It can affect your braking ability.
- Did I mention slow down?
The following video talks about driving in the rain.
– Britt Santowski, SPN