With rain comes car accidents. It is a common saying here in Tampa Bay that most drivers don't know how to drive in the rain. As a result, automobile crashes are quite common on wet days. With hurricane season approaching, let's brush up on driving tips that could prevent you from being in a car accident during a rainstorm.
A few driving tips that can reduce your chances of causing a car accident in the rain include:
- Go slowly, but not so slowly that you become a target. When it rains, visibility is reduced and braking distances increase.
- Use your headlights. Today's cars do this for us, but remember, it is the law--if it is raining, you must use headlights.
- Be a follower. Driving in the tracks of other vehicles can improve traction and help avoid hydroplaning. Also, stay towards the middle lanes because water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
- Don't fog up. Use your defroster with your air conditioning to keep the air dry and prevent windows from fogging.
- Watch for brake lights in front of you. Maintain a safe distance so you can avoid using your brakes if possible. Taking your foot off the accelerator may be all you need to do. This prevents losing control by slamming on the brakes.
- When driving through a puddle of uncertain depth, go slow. If it's deeper than the bottom of your doors, turn around and find another route. Deep water can cause serious damage to a modern car's electrical system.
- Check Your Tires. Bald tires significantly reduce your traction on wet roadways, and offer little resistance to hydroplaning. When your tires run over water, the water is displaced and it needs somewhere to go quickly. The best place is between the treads of your tires. If your tires are bald, the water has no place to go and you end up riding on a layer of water, like a boat.
These tips may prevent you from causing a car accident, but remember that you are not alone on the roads. Many drivers will not follow any of these safe driving tips in the rain. You can be 100% careful, but someone else may not be resulting in you or your family being injured in a car accident. So, drive safely in the rain, but watch out for those who don't.
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