El Niño is headed our way. Will it bring Southern California some much needed wet weather this winter? “Let’s hope so!” said no one who ever drives on the freeways. The number of auto accidents on the freeways dramatically increases whenever it rains. Being prepared for wet weather can help reduce your risk for being involved in a rainy accident. Here’s some tips from Edmunds for driving in the rain.
Check your windshield wipers
Being caught in a strong downpour with damaged windshield wipers can be extremely dangerous.
The first rain is the most dangerous rain
Dirt, oil, dust, and all manner of slippery substances accumulate on the roads and freeways when there is nothing to wash it away. The first rain after a prolonged dry spell can make the roads extremely slick. Use extra caution during the beginning hours of a rainfall.
Don’t follow as close
It takes longer to stop when the pavement is wet. Allow some extra space between yourself and the car in front of you, so if you have to make an emergency stop, you can.
Use your headlights
California and many other states’ laws read that if you have your wiper blades on, you must have your headlights on, even in the daytime. Not only will turning your headlights on in the rain save you a ticket, it will also promote safety by announcing your presence to other drivers.
Brake earlier, and brake longer
Not only will this increase the stopping distance between you and the car in front of you, but it allows drivers behind you know your intentions. Using your turn signal will also help other drivers stay aware of your actions.
Take curves at a slower speed
It is much easier to lose control of a vehicle when the road surface is wet. Staying at a manageable speed can greatly reduce the risk of single car accidents.
Do NOT break or move the steering wheel when hydroplaning
If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, slowly release the gas pedal and steer straight ahead until the vehicle regains traction with the road. If you need to brake and do not have anti-lock brakes, continuously press and release the brake pedal. Vehicles with anti-lock brakes can have the brake pedal continuously depressed.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at (800) 333-0000 for a free consultation. You can also send us an email using our case submission form. We provide free consultations, and if we don’t get you any money, we won’t charge you a dime.