Driving in the Rain
Rainy weather can turn driving into a hazardous ordeal. With decreased visibility, reduced tire traction, and additional dangers from other motorists, drivers should exercise utmost caution in any bad weather condition. The following safety tips can help keep you and your family safe when driving in rainy weather.
- Slow down: In wet conditions, braking is harder to do. With the increased risk of accidents from skids and slips, you should proceed at a slower pace.
- Turn on your headlights: In any low-visibility situation, headlights help other motorists see your vehicle, even if the lights do little to illuminate your path.
- Leave extra distance between vehicles: If the car in front of you begins to skid, you don’t want to get involved in the accident. Keep more than a three-second distance between vehicles. This is especially important around large diesel trucks, who already have limited braking abilities.
- Avoid large puddles: Water in the road can cause your car to hydroplane. Drive in the inner lane of highways to avoid large puddles, and slow down to prevent skidding.
- Never drive through running water: Running water can sweep your car off the road, and the depth and force of the water is hard to detect until it’s too late. Turn around and choose an alternate route.
- Plan ahead: Allow yourself extra travel time, and have alternate routes in mind in case of road closures or unsafe traffic conditions.
Unfortunately, even the most cautious drivers can get involved in vehicle accidents due to other negligent drivers or malfunctioning or damaged vehicle parts. If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation from the responsible party. The Waukesha car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can evaluate your case and discuss with you your legal options. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874.