The melting snow and recent rains have caused large puddles to form across many streets in Michiana.
Monday on 16 Morning News we were live at S.R. 23 and Hickory Rd. in South Bend where a street looked more like a pond and several drivers were having difficulties navigating through it.
Remember to drive slow to prevent hydroplaning as well as avoid hitting potential potholes that could be lurking underneath the water.
The National Safety Council offers these tips:
- You can prevent skids by driving slowly and carefully, especially on curves. Steer and brake with a light touch. When you need to stop or slow, do not brake hard or lock the wheels and risk a skid. Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal.
- If you do find yourself in a skid, remain calm, ease your foot off the gas, and carefully steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. For cars without anti-lock brakes, avoid using your brakes. This procedure, known as "steering into the skid," will bring the back end of your car in line with the front. If your car has ABS, brake firmly as you steer into the skid.
- Avoid hydroplaning by keeping your tires inflated correctly. Maintain good tire tread. Don't put off replacing worn tires. Slow down when roads are wet, and stay away from puddles. Try to drive in the tire tracks left by the cars in front of you.
- If you find yourself hydroplaning, do not brake or turn suddenly. This could throw your car into a skid. Ease your foot off the gas until the car slows and you can feel the road again. If you need to brake, do it gently with light pumping actions. If your car has anti-lock brakes, then brake normally. The car's computer will automatically pump the brakes much more effectively than a person can do.
- A defensive driver adjusts his or her speed to the wet road conditions in time to avoid having to use any of these measures.