Public Service Announcement: Don't Record Yourself Singing While Driving 70mph in Heavy Rain
Is singing while driving okay? Of course it is. Show us someone who hasn't belted out a tune along with the radio, and we'll show you a liar. Driving on the open road, windows down, and singing your heart out is as American as apple pie.
Now the problem with people today, of course, is that everyone needs to record themselves doing everything. So instead of focusing on the road, this guy is focusing on how great he looks on camera.
In the description of this video, the driver says he was "going 70mph (speed limit) on I-65 north." Oh and one other small detail: It was raining. Heavily.
Now is probably a good time to talk about hydroplaning:
- Three factors cause hydroplaning: Speed of the vehicle, tire tread depth and water depth. You can control the first two by making sure you're not driving too fast, and that your tires are in good shape.... the more worn they are (or the more shallow the tread), the more likely you are to hydroplane. The old rule of thumb is to take a penny, turn it upside down and stick it into the groove of your tires. If the Lincoln's head is fully visible, it's time to get some new tires! But also know that the deeper the water, the more likely you are to hydroplane.
- Know that JUST AFTER it starts raining is the most dangerous time to drive, when the oil from the road has not been fully washed away, causing very slick conditions.
- Make sure that cruise control is not engaged during heavy rain. The car will recognize a slowdown from the hydroplane, and instinctively kick in more power. This can create the most dangerous situation.
- If you do start hydroplaning, DO NOT brake or accelerate suddenly. Instead, ease off the accelerator and try to steer towards an open space. Once you feel the car hit the pavement again, then very gently apply the brake.
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