Rainy Day Driving

rainydrivingDriving on a normal sunny day comes with the risk of getting into a car accident.  Add rain to the equation – driving only becomes more precarious. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 570,000 accidents during rainy weather conditions.  Of these accidents, 158,000 were injury crashes and 2,130 were fatal crashes.  The U.S. Department of Transportation explains how forms of precipitation have roadway impacts, traffic flow impacts, and operational impacts with the following table:

As you can see rain clearly presents safety hazards to drivers. It also affects traffic, which may increase travel time leading to frustrated drivers. Rain creates extra dangers to both drivers and passengers. Not only are the wet, slick roads cause for concern but also other drivers, who may be anxious driving in the rain or reckless. In order to avoid a car accident while driving in rainy conditions, there are several tips to remember.

  • Make sure to check your tire treads from time to time to ensure that your tires are safe for driving in the rain.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly, and replace them if they leave streaks.
  • When driving in the rain, turn on your headlights. Not only does this help make the road more visible to you, but it also makes you more visible to other drivers.
  • Slow down during rainy weather conditions to help avoid hydroplaning or skidding.
  • Avoid using cruise control because if your car does hydroplane, you will not be able light your foot off the accelerating to reduce your speed.
  • Leave plenty of room between your car and the car ahead of you.
  • Stay calm in heavy down pours, and keep both hands on the wheel.
  • As always, wear your seat belt and focus your full attention on the road.

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