Tips for Driving in Rainy Conditions That Can Reduce Car Accidents

While singing in the rain is fun, driving in it is not.

When the roadways are wet, the water mixes with the dirt on the asphalt, making it harder for your tires to maintain traction. If you’re not careful, this could lead to a car accident. 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are more than 950,000 motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States caused by rainy conditions. These result in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.

To stay safe the next time rain pelts your windshield, keep the following tips in mind:

Slow Down

Slowing down when it rains can be crucial in reducing your chance of hydroplaning. This happens when the tires rise up on a film of water, and it takes as little as 1/12 inch on the road for this to occur.

Don’t Use Cruise Control

Most cars these days have cruise control, which is a useful feature when conditions are dry. However, when the roads are wet, the chance of losing control of your vehicle increases. In order to prevent loss of traction, you may need to reduce speed by lifting off of the accelerator which cannot be done when cruise control is on.

Use Headlights

Even if it’s only a light rain, using your headlights will help you see the road as well as allow other motorists to see you. Don’t use your high beams because the light from the beams will reflect back at you off the water in the air, making it more difficult for you to see.

If you were hurt in a rainy day car accident due to another driver’s negligence, please contact us.

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