The Dangers of Driving in the Rain: Pt. 2 of 2

Most people underestimate the dangers of driving in the rain. It doesn't seem nearly as dangerous or potentially deadly as driving in snow or ice. However, driving in the rain or when the roads are wet can be just as dangerous - arguably more dangerous - than driving in other weather conditions.

In our previous blog post, we looked at some of the dangers of driving in wet weather, which is especially important as we enter into autumn and the extra rainfall we are sure to see. In this blog post, we will look at some precautions you can take to minimize the dangers, some driving tips for avoiding accidents, and some suggestions as to what to do if you are in an accident caused by wet weather.

The instructional and informative document from AAA offers a number of important tips for preparing for rainy-weather driving, as well as some important tips for driving safely in the rain.

Precautions for Wet-Weather Driving

Some of the most important wet-weather preparation tips include:

  • Make sure you can see: Obviously, visibility is critical for safe driving. By cleaning your windows and making sure you are always using newer, fully-functional wipers for your windows, you can greatly reduce the risk of an accident. Your windows and rear-view mirrors should all be clean, as well.
  • Make sure your tires are up for the job: In the last post we mentioned how much water your tired have to dissipate every second. Your tires have to work terribly hard to keep gripping the road during wet weather. It is critical to make sure your tires are new and the treads are large enough to grip the road properly
  • Make a smart decision: Is it necessary or safe to drive in this weather? If you haven't gotten enough sleep to stay attentive, if the rain is particularly bad or if you feel like your vehicle is not up for the challenging, it would be much safer and smarter to avoid driving.

Driving Tips for Wet-Weather Driving

One of the most important things you can do to drive safely is stay alert. Make sure you are rested, avoid things that are distracting and do not drive too fast for the conditions.

Also, stay calm if your car starts drifting. Do not slam on the brakes or jerk the wheel. Try to keep the car pointing in the right direction, but do so gently, and gently apply the brakes as needed without overdoing it.

If you are too tired, unable to concentrate or concerned that the rain is too substantial to handle safely, just pull off and wait out the storm. It's better to be late than to be harmed in a serious auto accident.

What to Do if You are in an Accident

If you are in an accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention and then contact an auto accident lawyer you can trust. In the Memphis, Tennessee, area, the Gold Law Firm has the experience and knowledge to represent your interests and make sure you get the compensation you need.

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