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Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

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March 14, 2023 Car Accidents, Personal Injury

Driving in the rain can be nerve-wracking, and there is plenty of potentials for a serious car accident to occur when the precipitation is flowing. There are various safety steps that drivers can follow to help keep themselves, their passengers, and others on the roadway safe. 

  1. Slow Down and Maintain a Safe Distance

Wet roads reduce traction, making it difficult to stop or control your vehicle. It’s crucial to slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. A good rule of thumb is to keep a distance of at least two car lengths from the vehicle ahead of you. Defensive driving is one of the most important aspects of operating a vehicle in the rain. Anticipate that other drivers may not slow down or operate safely.

  1. Turn on Your Headlights

Turn on your headlights to improve your visibility and make it easier for other drivers to see you. Avoid using high beams as they can reflect off the rain and reduce visibility even further. Headlights help in the rain, even if it is not dark outside. If you have headlights that come on automatically when it gets dark, keep in mind that daytime rain may not trigger them to turn on. You may need to turn them on manually.

  1. Use Windshield Wipers and Defrosters

Ensure your windshield wipers are in proper working order and use them to clear any rain or fog from your windshield. Use your defroster to keep your windows clear of fog and condensation, which can further reduce visibility.

  1. Avoid Sudden Braking or Accelerating

Sudden braking or accelerating on wet roads can cause your vehicle to skid or lose control. Gradually apply the brakes and accelerator to maintain control and prevent skids. 

  1. Stay in the Middle Lane 

Water tends to accumulate on the sides of the road, making it more challenging to maintain control. The water accumulation along the sides of the road occurs due to a variety of factors. First, the road slopes towards the edges of the road from the middle in order to ensure runoff, but if there is not adequate draining along the sides of the road, the water will accumulate on the road. Stay in the middle lane to avoid standing water and reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

  1. Avoid Distractions

Distracted driving is dangerous in any weather condition, but staying focused is especially important when driving in the rain. Avoid using your phone or other distractions that could distract your attention from the road. The information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that nine people lose their lives each day in the US as a result of distracted driving incidents.

Contact an Attorney 

If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident caused by the negligent actions of another driver on the roadway, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. Car accidents that occur when it rains outside add to the complex process of investigating these incidents. A skilled Colorado car accident lawyer can help guide you through this process, conduct a complete investigation into the incident, and handle all negotiations to recover compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free consultation.