Rain is the most dangerous driving condition. While snow, ice, fog, and other weather conditions have their own hazards associated with them, the driving condition that causes more driving fatalities in the United States is rain.
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Why Rain Is Dangerous
Rain is dangerous because it makes the roads slick, especially if it has not rained in some time. Oil residue builds up on the roadways and, when mixed with water, creates a slippery surface. Additionally, rain can substantially impair visibility, which can easily lead to accidents. Also, most people do not think that rain is as dangerous as ice or snow, and therefore do not take as many precautions or drive as carefully during rain. According to an Auto Insurance Center report, even Alaska has more deadly crashes due to rain than snow. Therefore, it is important to note that intentional recklessness or extreme weather conditions are not necessary for a tragedy to happen on the roadways.
What to Do When Driving in the Rain
All drivers will find themselves driving in the rain at some point. Here are some precautions to take to ensure your safety during this dangerous driving condition.
- If possible, wait until the weather improves and the rainstorm passes.
- Ensure your car’s equipment is in working order, including your tires. Balding tires reduce traction on wet roadways.
- Drive slower than you normally would, as the roadways are dangerous, and your reaction time is much slower.
- Turn on your headlights in order to allow other drivers to more clearly see you, as well as increasing your own visibility.
- Use your windshield wipers, even in light rain.
- Keep a greater distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you than you normally would.
- Refrain from breaking quickly or heavily, but rather slow your vehicle down gently by removing your foot from the accelerator much earlier than you would in normal weather conditions.
- Do not use cruise control when it is raining.
- Never drive through any standing water to avoid the risk of hydroplaning.
- If you do hydroplane, take your foot off of the accelerator and steer in the direction that the front of your car should go, and avoid slamming your brakes.
- Control the fog within your car by either using your car’s ventilation system or cracking the window slightly. If you are unable to see out of your windows, make sure to pull over and wait until you have visibility.
- If you can see that there are “tracks” in the road from the car in front of you, attempt to follow them.
- Always grip the steering wheel with both hands, and never text and drive, even if it is not raining.
- Be extra cautious when changing lanes and merging.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
If you were in a car accident due to any type of dangerous driving condition, including rain, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. We may be able to help you determine if you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.