You know the saying — April showers bring May flowers. While Spring is a beautiful season, more rain equals wetter and slicker roads. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 900,000 wet road car accidents happen each year. In many ways, rain can be more dangerous to drive in than snow. Most car accidents can be avoided with cautious and defensive driving. At Hansen Injury Law, we work to do our part to make Idaho’s roads safer. This post identifies some important wet road safety tips that can help you avoid serious accidents.
Helpful Wet Road Safety Tips
Wet roads can be stressful, especially if you start to slide. If rain is coming down especially hard, visibility decreases and the risk of accident increases. The following wet road safety tips can help you get from point A to point B safely.
- Drive with Headlights On
As we mentioned, hard rain can seriously decrease visibility on the road. To make sure you can see the road and other cars, and that other cars can see you, turn your headlights on when you drive.
- Slow Down
Driving fast on the freeway is normal, but resist the temptation to put the pedal to the metal on a wet road. Driving too fast on a slick, curving road can quickly lead to accidents. Take it slow, but keep up with the flow of traffic to ensure the safest conditions. If you start to hydroplane, or slide on the wet road, stay calm and steer in the direction that you want the car to go. Don’t brake or accelerate quickly. This will make it more difficult for your tires to gain traction again.
- Don’t Use Cruise Control
Cruise control is great on longer drives, but it can also lead drivers to “zone out.” When driving in wet conditions, it is very important to stay focused and attentive. It is best to not use cruise control, and to stay totally engaged and in control of your vehicle.
Hansen Injury Law Firm: Idaho Car Accident Lawyers
Even if you heed all of these wet road safety tips, other careless drivers may not. If you are injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation in a personal injury case. At Hansen Injury Law, we regularly help Idahoans win car accident cases. If you think you may have a case, please contact us today for a free case consultation! We know how to build your strongest possible case.
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