One week, Kansas Citians were driving in snow and ice conditions, and the next, heavy rain. For now, we will assume that the spring season is about to come into full bloom, and with it will come driving in the rain. Driving safely is amplified while driving in the rain. Roadways may look safe, but realistically, water build-up on roadways is just as dangerous as snow and ice. While most people adhere to slower speeds when it is raining, there are other safety tips for driving in the rain that will help keep you safe.
Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain:
Preparing for spring weather driving is just as important as it is for winter weather driving. April is a perfect time to change your windshield wipers, double-check tire pressure or purchase new tires, and very importantly, check and replace as needed, headlights, blinker signals, and emergency flashers. Being seen in wet conditions may be lifesaving!
Driving in the rain is not considered to be ideal conditions, and it is not the time to test your speed! Decreasing your speed to under the speed limit will help you avoid slamming on your brakes, increase your visibility, and safely make lane changes. Slowing down will also decrease the chances of your vehicle hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is defined as the loss of contact or traction of your vehicle’s tires with the road. Hydroplaning often occurs at speeds greater than 35 mph on roads with standing water, shallow or deep, and can happen to any vehicle. If you begin to hydroplane, ease off the accelerator, avoid slamming on the brakes, and steer in the direction that your tires are headed.
Make Yourself Visible
In many states, it is the law that your headlights must be on if windshield wipers are in use, even if it is during the day. It is important that your vehicle be visible in both directions of traffic. Make yourself visible as a driver as well; focus on the road, decrease all distractions, and just be a driver.
Safety tips for driving in the rain include taking extra precautions, but a car crash may still occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and you need assistance, call Reginald Keith Davis, Attorney at Law, for your free consultation.