The weathermen are calling for 6 days of rain and a total of 7-8 inches here in San Diego County! Is your vehicle ready? First thing, check your windshield wipers. You are looking for tears and/or lack of rubber. To drive safely we need to be able to see; if your blades are worn out get them replaced ASAP. Next, tire pressure and condition. The colder weather is here to stay for a bit and with it comes decreasing air pressure. There is a sticker on the drivers door (in most vehicles) that will have the recommended tire pressure for cold and warm temperatures. Follow this sticker when checking your current tire pressure. The condition of your tires plays a big part in keeping your vehicle driving safely down the road. To check tread depth, do the penny test. Put a penny in the tread groove head down, facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln's head your tire tread depth is too warn and your tires should be replaced.
Slow down and leave room. Slowing down during wet weather driving can be critical to reducing's a cars chance of hydroplaning. It's also important to allow ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front of them.
Even careful drivers can experience a skid. If you feel your vehicle begin to skid don't panic. Continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go and avoid slamming on the brakes which will further upset the cars balance.
Be safe out there!