The only thing predictable about Florida’s summer months are the afternoon thunderstorms and random “gully washers” that instantaneously flood roads and streets.
New research released by AAA this week shows that Florida drivers traveling on highways with worn tires in wet conditions could have a hard time stopping. In fact, the increased average stopping distance went up 43 percent. To put this into context, a driver’s stopping distance would increase to 87 feet, according to AAA’s study.
The research also showed that tires worn down to 4/32” depth showed:
33 percent less effective handling for drivers in a car and 28 percent for drivers behind the wheel of a light truck.
Here are some precautions from AAA that Florida drivers can take to avoid driving on worn tires and driving on wet roads.
Check your tire tread and make sure you get your tires rotated every three-thousand miles or every oil change. Here’s a website with directions on checking your tire depth.
Don’t use cruise control while driving on wet roads. Cruise control impacts response time and your ability to avoid a crash.
SLOW down in heavy downpours so that you are not forced to brake hard which is also a bad idea on wet roads.
Put some extra distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Experts recommend anywhere from 6 seconds up to 10 seconds while driving in bad weather conditions. Visit drive safely.com for instructions on how to time out your distance.
DO NOT mash on the brakes if you feel your vehicle hydroplaning. Instead, slowly ease off the accelerator and allow your vehicle to move in the same direction rather than trying to fight to go in the opposite direction.
Stay safe out there this summer!