As much as we try to avoid it, we all often find ourselves driving in a storm. Rain is not only annoying and inconvenient, but also dangerous. It brings limited sight distance, windshield obstruction, and slick roadways. Regardless of who may be in a hurry to get home, every driver has a responsibility to take the road slowly and more carefully. However, sometimes that’s not enough to avoid collisions on a rainy roadway. Fortunately, though, there are several risks to keep an eye out for.

rainy road

  • Tailgating

    • It is important to remember to give extra room between cars when the roads are wet. Slick pavement can give even the most well equiped cars a harder time coming to a stop.
  • Deceleration

    • It is common to see cars driving at lower speeds in the rain, but it is also important to give enough time and space to slowly decelerate when necessary.
  • Sharp turns

    • Windy backroads can see plenty of sharp turns. Curves that are easily accomplished on dry roads bring increased risk during a storm.
  • Skidding

    • Decelerating quickly or taking fast turns can result in skidding. Skidding is most dangerous when handled improperly. Start by keeping calm and taking your feet off the pedals. Then carefully steer to safety. Avoid overcorrection.
  • Equipment issues

    • This comes with many aspects, from ensuring tires and windshield wipers are properly replaced to keeping the headlights on. Also, avoid using cruise control, as it’s imperative to maintain complete control of the vehicle.

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There are increased risks when driving in the rain, but keeping a level and careful head can help keep you safe. Unfortunately, accidents do occur regardless of how careful a driver is. Dealing with insurance, police reports, and medical bills can be exhausting and confusing. Because of that, if you ever find yourself in such a situation, do not hesitate to call a lawyer right away to get the help you need.

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