1. Take your time
Slowing down is the best way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Remember that one of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on the roadway make for slick conditions. Adding an extra 1-2 seconds of following time between cars while driving in the rain will give vehicles more time to react to traffic.
2. Turn your lights on
Visibility is crucial during stormy weather, so flip the headlights on so you can see others and others can see you. Make sure you use your dipped headlights (the ones that point more to the ground) and make sure you only use your high beams if absolutely necessary, as they could distract other drivers. The Ontario Highway Traffic Act says that every driver should not make use of their high beam headlights when they are within 60 metres of following a vehicle or within 150 metres of an approaching vehicle.
3. Maneuver smoothly
Smooth steering, braking and accelerating will reduce your chances of skidding. Keep both hands on the wheel in case the wind shifts your vehicle. Strong winds can occur just about anywhere, but it can be more common in wide open spaces.
Areas of concern also include highway overpasses and tunnels that can funnel wind, so the smoother you maneuver the roads, the safer you’ll keep yourself, your passengers and other drivers.