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Ask 2: What’s the best practice when driving in wet, foggy conditions?

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HOUSTONAt KPRC 2, we’re dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston.

Question: What’s the best practice when driving in wet, foggy conditions?

Answer: According to AAA Texas, staying safe in foggy weather is not just about being safe on the road. Preparing your vehicles for wet and foggy conditions is an important player for safety when it comes to traversing through tricky conditions.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Vehicle maintenance is part of safe driving in general. It ensures everything is running smoothly. Be sure to check the following components, that way, you have less to worry about when you need to drive in the rain:

Windshield Wipers: Keep your vision as clear as possible by replacing your wipers every six to 12 months. Streaking or chattering are signs that it’s time to put on a new set.

Lights: Ensure your headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals are functioning properly so other drivers will see you more clearly. Clean haziness from your headlight covers.

Tires: Check them at least once a month. Maintain your car’s recommended tire pressure. If you see uneven or excess tread wear, consider a suspension repair or wheel alignment.

Driving tips

  • Don’t use cruise control. Driving on slick roads means your tires will have less traction, and you should be prepared to adjust accordingly. If something goes wrong while you have on cruise control, there may not be enough time to take over the vehicle.
  • Increase your following distance. When facing reduced visibility, you and other drivers will likely need more time to react to surrounding traffic. Leave ample space between you and nearby vehicles to reduce the need for sudden reactions.
  • Drive more slowly. Hydroplaning is an ever-present danger with as little as one-twelfth of an inch of water on the road. Some tires can lose contact with the road even at 35 mph. Reducing your speed will help you remain in control of the vehicle.
  • Know how to respond to a skid. If your vehicle begins to skid, remain calm. Avoid slamming on your brakes. Doing so could throw your vehicle off balance and out of your control. Instead, look and steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go.

Drive responsibly to help keep yourself, and others, safe.