Rainy and stormy weather increases the risk of an accident. It affects a driver’s range of visibility, a car’s response time, and a number of other things that could result in a tragedy if you are not careful. Make safety a priority by reading these guidelines.
Here is a checklist to follow before facing the storm. It is vital to complete each of these tasks to ensure the utmost safety and precautionary measures have been taken. You may even want to print it out and physically check off each item after completion.
- Are the lights on your vehicle working? This includes headlights, tail lights, brake lights, and turn signals.
- Do all of your tires have visible treads? In other words, your tires should not be bald or smooth. They should have grooves. These grooves, or treads, will help you avoid hydroplaning.
- Dry off your shoes on the car floor before putting your foot on the pedal. This will ensure that your foot won’t slip off.
- Turn on your headlights. Rainy weather makes it difficult to see what is in front of you. It is important that you maximize visibility and can be seen by other drivers.
- Turn your windshield wipers on. Note: Remember that these need to be replaced at least once a year.
- Make sure you SLOW DOWN. This will give you better control of your vehicle.
- Your visibility is impaired during rainy conditions. This is a precautionary step to take to ensure that you see all of what is in front of you.
- Although in dry weather there is the standard three second rule to follow when a car is in front of you, it is necessary to increase the distance during rainy conditions. Wet pavement creates a stall in braking.
- Move to the middle lanes in order to avoid pools of water.
- Be cautious of moving water or water with an unknown depth. You do not want your car to be swept of the road.
- When you are unsure of a pool’s depth, move your car slowly into the water. If the water goes up past your door, then back up out of the pool.
- Use your defroster for foggy windows.
Of course, the best safety practice is to stay off the road during heavy rain or a thunderstorm. But if your commute is absolutely necessary, be sure to strictly follow the above guidelines.
Although experiencing a skid is scary, do not panic.
- Slowly take your foot off of the gas pedal.
- Keep both hands on the wheel for more control.
- “Steer into the skid.” – This is the procedure of steering your car in the direction you want the car to go. Braking depends on your vehicle.
Stalled in Deep Water
- Avoid stalls in deep water by never driving through puddles. Often, on-road puddles can be much deeper than they seem.
- If it is possible, call for assistance and have someone pull out your vehicle with a tow rope or cable winch.
- Once your car is stuck, it’s best to seek help from an expert.
Legal Funding from Uplift
Our priority is to keep you safe. Be sure to follow these safety tips to avoid any injury or fatality. Rainy weather car accidents can be serious. If you are not responsible for a rainy weather car accident and have hired an attorney, it is likely that Uplift can provide an auto accident loan on your case.