Now that we are in the summer rainy season, it is important motorists use extra caution when driving in these conditions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that the first ten minutes after a rain fall is the most dangerous. When rain first begins to fall, it mixes with oil and grease on the pavement, creating a dangerously slick driving surface.
Thousands of accidents occur each year due to rainy conditions on the roads. The following tips will help better prepare you for Florida’s upcoming rainy season and help you avoid getting in an accident when driving in wet weather conditions.
Decreasing your speed decreases your risk of getting involved in an automobile accident while driving in wet conditions. Plan ahead and give yourself an extra 15-20 minutes time for your commute. This way you are able to reduce your speed and arrive safely without the added stress of time constraints. Florida motorists should be aware that even driving at the set speed in rainy weather conditions can be considered negligent if, for example, visibility is low, the weather is bad, or if you are in a school district where children are expected to be crossing the street.
Get in the habit of turning on your vehicle’s headlights whenever you turn on your windshield wipers. This way you will be more visible to other drivers and pedestrians. Keeping your headlights on low beam and not using your hazards in lieu of headlights is the safest way to travel. Hazard lights can be distracting while high beams cause the water droplets to reflect, which makes visibility more difficult for other drivers.
Keep a Safe Distance.
Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. While tailgating is a bad idea in any type of weather condition, it is especially dangerous during wet weather conditions. If you are required to stop on a wet surface, it can take your vehicle up to 3 times the distance to come to a safe and complete stop. Tires on wet surfaces often kick back spray which is also a hindrance to visibility. The larger the vehicle, the larger the tire spray.
Be Aware of Skidding.
Skidding is a common occurrence on wet surfaces. If your vehicle begins to skid, it is important to resist the natural impulse to hit the brakes. This can cause your wheels to lock and you to lose complete control of your vehicle. Instead, calmly steer your vehicle in the same direction as you pump the brakes so you can slow down gradually. For vehicles with anti-lock brakes, steadily press on the brake pedal to come to a complete stop.
Be Cautious of Potentially Flooded Areas.
If driving towards flowing water, find another route and avoid driving through the water if possible. Never try and guess the depth of a standing body of water.
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Wet roadways can affect a driver’s response time and a vehicle’s performance, which often results in accidents. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident in rainy weather conditions, it is important to contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer to help you file a lawsuit. The law firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A. is dedicated to protecting the rights of those involved in automobile accidents. We can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.