The dangers of ice and snow-covered roads are clear, but many people underestimate the risk of driving on wet roads. Wet pavement actually contributes to more than a million crashes annually. Unfortunately, it is difficult to avoid driving in the rain, which can appear in the midst of an otherwise dry and sunny day. However, by following the safety tips below, you can significantly reduce your risk of a rain-related accident.
Wet Road Safety Tips
Avoid using cruise control on wet roads.Cruise control is a helpful feature in dry conditions, but it can increase your chance of losing control of a vehicle on wet roads. Decelerating by lifting your foot off the gas pedal can help your tires regain traction if the vehicle begins to hydroplane. Unfortunately, this technique is not possible when cruise control is engaged. Additionally, driving in any type of adverse weather demands your full attention and control.
Reduce your speed and leave ample distance between you and the car ahead of you. Speeding is exceedingly dangerous on wet roads. Hydroplaning occurs when a film of water gets between the tires and the road, and the risk of hydroplaning increases substantially with excessive speed. Even at speeds as low as 35 mph, tires may lose contact with the road. To avoid hydroplaning, slow down, and don’t slam on your brakes or turn sharply. Watch out for brake lights ahead of you.
If your car begins to skid, continue steering in the direction you want the car to go in. Avoid braking hard. If you do not have anti-lock brakes, pump the brakes lightly until you regain traction. If you do have anti-lock brakes, press the brake pedal firmly to the floor.
Ensure your car is ready for heavy rainfall and wet roads. Regular maintenance on your vehicle is essential to overall safety, but it’s especially important with regard to difficult driving conditions. Windshield wipers should not leave streaks and should clear the window with one swipe. Check turn signals, headlights, taillights, and brake lights. Tires should be properly inflated and have an acceptable tread depth. Worn and improperly inflated tires contribute to thousands of accidents every year. You can perform a self-check of your tire’s tread depth by placing an upside down quarter in the tire groove. If you can see the area above Washington’s head, the tread is dangerously worn.
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Rainfall is most prevalent in spring and summer, when an influx of travelers are on the road. This combination of dangerous road conditions and heavy traffic puts drivers at an increased risk of accidents. If you’ve been injured in any type of auto accident, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The MA Law Firm of Altman & Altman has been protecting the rights of accident and injury victims for nearly 50 years. Our knowledgeable, compassionate attorneys will help you determine your options and the best way to move forward. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, property damage, transportation costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Contact the Greater Boston Law Firm of Altman & Altman LLP for a free consultation.