NORTH HILLS, CA – As fleet drivers hit the roads this winter, it’s especially important they exercise extra caution when roads are wet, advises The first general rule for driving in the rain (or on a wet road) is to slow down. Also, drivers should use low beams, so that other drivers can see them. They should also check the condition of their wipers periodically and clean the windshield often so the wipers will work as efficiently as possible. offers these additional tips for driving in wet weather:

  • Drive in the tracks left by the vehicle ahead of you. This area of the road should have better traction than the surrounding areas because of the displacement of water caused by the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Don’t make quick stops or abrupt turns. These types of maneuvers could cause your tires to lose traction, causing skids.
  • Leave extra space to brake. Start to brake earlier before attempting to turn or stop, and increase following distance between the vehicles ahead.
  • Slow down through deep water. The chances of hydroplaning and losing total control of your vehicle are increased substantially.
  • Do not overload your vehicle to the rear. Overloading may reduce traction and make your vehicle more difficult to handle through deep water. It is best to balance the weight of passengers and/or cargo between the front and rear of your vehicle. Shifting to a lower gear is also recommended.

    For more driver safety info, visit or contact Masa Patterson, fleet safety director at [email protected]