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How to drive on wet roads and avoid accidents

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Car Accidents

If you’ve lived in New York for any length of time, you know that heavy traffic is just something you will have to deal with. It seems roadways here are more crowded and congested than ever before. Fighting traffic is bad enough, but looking outside and realizing that you must drive through rainy weather can be intimidating to say the least.  

Maintaining control of your vehicle while navigating through traffic is very challenging when roadways are wet. Whether it’s a torrential downpour or just a drizzle, hydroplaning and skidding are always a possibility. According to recent estimations, wet or slick road conditions play a factor in over 1 million car accidents every year across the country. Here’s how to stay in control of your vehicle and keep you and your passengers safe when driving in rainy conditions 

Stay visible to other vehicles 

Always turn on your headlights when you are driving in rainy conditions. By turning on the headlights, you can increase your visibility and make it easier for other drivers to see you. A good rule of thumb to remember is if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well.  

Avoid hard braking and sudden movements 

It will be easier for your vehicle to lose traction when the road surface is wet. Slamming on the brakes may cause your vehicle to skid, so try to use your brakes as little or as lightly as possible. Avoid fast accelerations or sudden movements, as this can cause a loss of traction as well. 

Never drive through flooded roads 

Never attempt to drive through flooded areas. If you drive into water that is too deep, your car can take on water or begin to float. Your vehicle could even wash away. Trying to drive through floods is one of the most dangerous things you can do. 

Keep a safe following distance 

Give extra room to other vehicles and never follow another vehicle too closely. When following another vehicle, maintain a safe distance and always be watching for brake lights. This will give you more time to react in case you need to stop.  

Slow down 

In adverse weather conditions, just slow down. Your car is more likely to hydroplane if you are driving too fast. Keep in mind that the road is often slicker after a fresh rain because rainwater will bring out residual oils on the surface. Allow for extra time to reach your destination so you do not have to rush. 

What to do after an accident 

The best way to ensure safety when it’s raining is to avoid driving in these conditions altogether. However, nearly every driver will encounter rainy conditions at some point in their lives. Slick roadways require careful driving, but, unfortunately, not all drivers will be as attentive as they should be behind the wheel. If you are involved in a car accident and suffer injuries due to the negligence of another person, you have the right to speak with a legal professional about your options for recourse.  

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