5 Tips for Heavy Rain Driving

Thursday, August 24, 2017 Safety

From Ford Country’s Service Professionals

If you have lived in Las Vegas longer than a year, then you already know how very real monsoon season is and how dangerous it can get driving in heavy rain here. Lasting an average of 10 weeks between the end of July and September, the sudden rainfalls are caused by moisture-heavy air traveling from the Gulf of California and colliding with the dry desert air of our region. This causes intense cloud build-up that transitions into a couple hours of heavy, heavy rain.

This extreme rainfall is not something to be trifled with. Torrential rains can cause roads to flood and hide hazards like potholes, both of which can cause an otherwise good driver to lose control of their vehicle. That's why the best advice is to avoid driving altogether in heavy rains. However, sometimes it's simply unavoidable (especially during monsoon storms that strike fast and with little warning). That's why we've prepared the following Ford service tips for driving in heavy rain conditions:

5 Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

1. Slow & Steady - It is important to slow down during heavy rainfall to give yourself more time to react to situations. More time offers more control as roads get more slippery and visibility more limited. Try not to slam on the brakes, allow the car to slow or tap the brakes to gently slow your vehicle.

2. Be Alert When Storms First Begin - The first fifteen minutes of a storm is often the most dangerous, as the first rains get a chance to mix with the oil left on roads. During the onset of the storm, this dangerous concoction is a recipe for disaster as it makes roadways slicker and harder to grip with your tires.

3. Never Attempt to Drive Through Deep Puddles and Standing Water - Puddles and areas of standing water are also incredibly dangerous as they can hide big potholes and road debris that can either cause you to lose control and create an accident or damage your vehicle and cause you to need premature service on your Ford.

4. Turn Your Defrosters On and Set the A/C to Fresh Air - Get rid of foggy windows by ensuring you have the fresh-air setting “on”. If you still find yourself struggling with windows that won't de-frog, try keeping a small package of rice on your dashboard. The rice will help prevent your windshield from fogging up thanks to its ability to absorb moisture.

5. Stay Off the Gas When Hydroplaning - Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle loses contact with the road due to excessive water and flooding or where a film of oil may be present. While it may sound counterintuitive, the best way to stay in control in this situation is to take your foot off the gas and wait until you can feel the vehicle is firmly back on the pavement.

It's good to note many of today's modern tires include special rubber traction and tread design to reduce the risk of hydroplaning and make driving in the extreme weather conditions safer than ever. For more information about checking your tires’ condition and learning about some key tech improvements included in Ford vehicles for safer driving, visit us today at Ford Country and schedule your next Ford service visit.

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