Contrary to popular belief, more car accidents occur when it is raining than when it is snowy or icy outside. This is likely due to a combination of factors, including drivers who don’t understand the danger that rain poses, vehicle malfunction, and more. Here are some safety guidelines to help you and your family avoid a crash when driving in the rain.
Pull Over for Very Heavy Rain
The absolute best way to stay safe in the rain is to not drive in the rain at all. While this isn’t always possible, it’s best to wait to head out or, if you’re already driving, pull over when the rain becomes very heavy and visibility is lower than usual. Typically, periods of heavy rain will pass in several minutes, so you can get back out on the road again.
Keep Your Headlights On
Visibility can be significantly reduced in the rain, even during midday. If it’s raining, be sure to keep your headlights on, no matter what time of day it is. This will help other vehicles see you and will also help increase your visibility. Some state laws require headlights to be on if your wipers are on. Law or not, this is simply a good habit to get into to increase your safety on the road when it rains.
Don’t Brake Suddenly
Hydroplaning occurs when a vehicle’s tires are skidding on the top of a layer of water instead of actually meeting the pavement of the road. This scenario eliminates the friction needed to keep the vehicle in line. It’s easy to veer off the road or get into an accident when you hydroplane. Avoid hydroplaning when possible by not braking suddenly when the roads are wet. Instead, come to a slow, steady, and complete stop.
Keep Your Tires in Good Condition
Your tires are arguably one of the most important safety components of your car. Bald tires or tires that are close to going flat or even blowing out can be dangerous, especially in the rain. Keep your tires updated and check for problems frequently.
At the Law Offices of Zink & Lenzi, we understand that driving in the rain is sometimes necessary, but it can also result in a serious accident. If you’ve been injured in a rain-related car accident, don’t hesitate to contact our office to determine if the accident was someone else’s fault and if you are eligible for financial compensation. Call now for a consultation at 530-895-1234.