During the fall and winter months, you know that wet conditions can set in at any time. For this reason, you need to be prepared for anything that could come your way when you're behind the wheel.
While some drivers are serious about their safety, others don't think twice about this. Instead, they drive the same in wet conditions as they do when it's completely dry.
You don't have any control over other drivers, but here are some tips for traveling safely in the rain:
- Be patient. You never want to get in a hurry when driving in wet conditions, as this will increase your chances of an accident. If anything, you need to slow down and take your time.
- Use your headlights. Not only does this make it easier for you to see the road, but it allows other drivers to identify your vehicle. In some states, headlights are required if your windshield wipers are on.
- Leave more space. You should never drive too closely to other vehicles, but this is particularly true in the rain. It can take more time to stop your car, so you need to leave another couple seconds of following time.
You should never assume that other drivers are taking the same level of caution as you.
If your vehicle is struck, move to safety and call 911. This will speed up the process, allowing police and an ambulance to arrive as quickly as possible.
Once you receive treatment, turn your attention to the crash and your legal rights. If another person was negligent, such as speeding in wet conditions, you may be able to seek compensation for a variety of damages.
Source: Travelers, "How to Drive Safely in Strong Wind and Rain," accessed Dec. 05, 2017