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Preparing for wet roads in California

While some parts of the country welcome winter with freezing blizzards and ice storms, residents in Van Nuys, California, enjoy pleasant temperatures and sunshine year-round. Despite the warmer winters, there is still a significant increase in rainfall from October to April, with World Weather Online reporting a spike in the month of February. Wet roads make it important for drivers in this area to prepare for winter driving weather to avoid accidents this season.

First, drivers need to know how to handle skidding. While sliding across water can be terrifying, there are several ways to maintain control of the vehicle. AAA advises drivers to resist the instinct to slam on the brakes, but instead continue steering the wheel. Also, drivers should avoid using cruise control as it can leave them unprepared to respond immediately in a skidding situation and may increase their reaction time in an accident

One of the best ways to prevent hydroplaning is to slow down if the road conditions are wet or any standing water is noticed. Tires can lose contact with the pavement in 1/12 of an inch of water, making it important for vehicle operators to reduce speeds and allow more room for the cars in front of them. Braking hard and turning sharply should also be avoided when there is any water on the road as it can cause the tires to begin sliding on top of the water.

While California drivers can be grateful they do not have to battle ice-covered highways and heavy snowfall, wet roads can be just as deadly. It is important for all operators to exercise caution when traveling during or after any rainfall.

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