Texas doesn’t have snow and ice very often, but we do have rain, so driving safely on wet roads is a common concern among Texans.

When a road gets wet, the water brings the oil and grime that has settled into the pavement to the surface, making roadways slicker and making it more difficult for your car tires to get traction.

Here are some tips on how to drive safely on wet roads:

Slow down. This ensures that a larger amount of the tire tread makes contact with the road, which will give you better traction.

Don’t tailgate. Stopping on wet roads can be as tricky as stopping on icy roads, so keep a good safe distance between you and the driver in front of you.

Make sure your car headlights are on so other drivers can see you, and watch for brake lights on the cars ahead of you.

If your car starts to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas but do not slam on the brakes. If you have a manual transmission, push in the clutch and let the car slow on its own. If you have an automatic transmission, hold the steering wheel steady and lightly apply your brakes. If your car has anti-lock brakes, do NOT pump the brakes!

Drive in the tracks of the car ahead of you; that vehicle has already dispersed some of the water on the roadway.

Drive in the middle lanes. Water often pools in the outside lanes.

Replace old or brittle windshield wipers; your wipers should be replaced at least once a year.

Never drive through standing or moving water; you could be swept off the road.

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