William C. Van Tassel: Spring and summer showers may mean flowers, but wet pavement contributes to over one million traffic crashes each year. Here are some trips you'll want to follow next time you're caught driving in rain.
Safety starts before you drive. Your goal should be to see and be seen. Replace windshield wiper inserts with new streaks or don't clear the glass in a single swipe.
Make sure all headlights, taillights, break lights and turn signals are properly functioning, so that other drivers will see you during down pours.
Also, turn on your headlights whenever you drive. You'll be that much more visible. Proper tire tread depth and inflation are imperative to maintaining good tractions on wet road lanes.
Check your tire tread depth with a quarter inserted upside down into the tire groove. If you can see above Washington's head, start shopping for new tires.
Check each tire's pressure including the spare, at least once a month and be sure to check the pressures when the tires are cold. Overall you want to be extra cautious in wet weather.
Slow down, avoid hard breaking or turning sharply, and allow ample stopping distance between you and the cars in front of you.
Also, do these things one at a time, brake, then turn, then accelerate. And if you feel the car begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. Don't panic and avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain maximum control.
Follow these simple wet weather driving tips and stay safe in rain.