Truck trying to spin out *a lot* on wet pavement..?
Last January, I got a Toyota Tundra and I adore it.
For the most part, driving it feels very natural to me and I've had zero complaints.
Until now. We're heading into our first dry-to-wet weather transition and it seems as though dear Opal [my truck] very much disapproves of that transition.
I tried to drive to church this evening, but I didn't get more than a mile down the road before she lost traction once. Then it happened again, and again, and again while I was braking. I decided that going on the freeway in torrential rain was possibly a death wish, so I came back home.
My dad and I took her out later to make sure it was simply an issue of pavements that are slick after a very dry summer, and it became clear that that's what the issue is. Without intending to, he managed to fully spin her out once [thankfully he was able to quickly correct] and we lost traction in the back a couple of times after that.
I'm still pretty new to driving a truck [I drove a large van for years, but nothing as high off the ground/light in the back/etc as my Tundra] and I'm wondering if I'm missing something about how to drive in these sorts of conditions, or if there's some secret about compensating for the weather..
She does have "showy" tires on [flatter, I guess they're spendy road-racing type tires?] and I feel like that might be part of the issue. She came with those tires and they are/were in really good condition, so, thus far, there hasn't been a need to change them.
In a month, or so, I'm going to having snow tires put on her which, I'm guessing, should help [plus the fact that the roads will no longer be as slick with oil..].
Obviously people are still driving trucks when it's wet/slick out and people aren't constantly crashing their trucks, there must be a trick!
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Rest peacefully, Lacey.