Car accidents during rainy weather
Careless drivers keep Charlotte injury lawyers busy every year. March is here, and true to form, in is coming in like a lion. We can expect to see wet and rainy weather over the next few weeks, and hopefully the temperature will not drop. After a long cold winter, many people want to get out on the road just to get out of the house. Some of us would still be bundled up at home; but our jobs and other commitments will have us out on the road in dangerous conditions. Overconfidence on wet and slippery roads will lead to more accidents. We cannot prevent the bad weather, but we can practice safe driving habits that will reduce your chances of being in an accident. Consider the rainy day driving tips below for a safer trip:
Avoid cruise control
Cruise control works great in dry conditions, but when used in wet conditions, it increases your chance of losing control of the vehicle. There are times when a driver needs to reduce the car speed by lifting off the accelerator. This cannot be accomplished when cruise control is engaged. Foregoing cruise control allows the driver more options when it is necessary to respond to a loss of traction.
Increase following distance
Driving at the proper speed during rainy weather is the number one tactic for reducing a car’s chance of hydroplaning. Only 1/12 inch of water on the road means that tires must displace a gallon of water per second to keep the rubber on the road. Drivers must reduce their speed in correspondence to the amount of water on the roadway. In addition to slowing down, drivers must avoid hard braking, or turning sharply. It is also advisable that you drive in the tracks of the vehicle ahead of you. Be sure to maintain ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance of the vehicle in front. Drivers must also slow down earlier to stop at intersections.
Responding to a Skid
Do you know what to do if you experience a skid? When you feel the car begin to skid, do not panic and follow these basic steps:
• Continue to look and steer in the direction in which you want the car to go.
• Never slam on the brakes; this makes it harder to control the vehicle.
• If necessary, braking action should be gentle pumping until the car is under control.
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