ROGERS, Ark. (KFTA) — Arkansas is the most dangerous state for driving in the rain. That’s according to a new study by internet company Safewise.
The study says Arkansans are the most likely to be involved in a deadly rain-related car crash.
Danny Straessle with ArDOT says the way you should drive depends on the type of road you’re on.
“The key to this is driving slower than you usually do. When the conditions on the highway change, your speed needs to change appropriately,” Straessle said. “You don’t want to take a curve on a rural highway as fast as you usually do during dry conditions, because chances are you could lose control of your vehicle and skid off the road.”
When it comes to hydroplaning, mechanic Robert Moore says the best thing to do is take your foot off both the gas and the brakes, and just let your car slide.
And although you can’t control the weather, you can control the condition of your ride.
“First thing to tell is if you’re getting streaks across your windshield, that would be a great way to see. Another way, which these ones here are worn, if they’re starting to fold and roll underneath, then that’s when it’s time for the windshield wipers to be replaced.”
To check your tire tread, Moore recommends the penny method.
“Take a penny stick it in, if you can see the top of Abe’s head, it’s time to replace. The next way, tires are made with wear indicators. If the wear indicator is flush with the tread, that’s time where the tires life will be depleted.”
And finally, when it comes to your lights, Arkansas state law says you must have your headlights on if your windshield wipers are on.
“A lot of the newer vehicles have daytime running lights. That’s not enough, you want to make sure that you turn on your headlights,” Straessle said.
It is recommended to check on your tires and wipers every month.
Straessle also recommends that in wet conditions, you should slow down to 5 to 10 miles an hour under the speed limit.