According to the Federal Highway Administration, wet pavements and rain results in most of the weather-related automobile accidents. The impairment of distance visibility, reduced pavement friction, and lane obstructions cause 73 percent of all weather-related crashes, 80 percent of all weather-related injuries, and 77 percent of all weather-related death. Therefore, auto accidents in the rainy season are some of the most dangerous.
Unfortunately, many people just don’t know how to drive in the rain. Moreover, there are really two types of drivers that cause all the problems, those who drive too timid and those who drive too aggressively. Timid and nervous drivers often perceive weather conditions more dangerous than they are and will drive at unreasonably and foolishly slow speeds. However, the wild and reckless driver will often disregard and neglect the consequences of rainy weather, and drive faster than conditions allow.
How to Avoid Auto Accidents in Rainy Season
- Guarantee your car is ready to drive in the rain. – Ensure your automobile’s tires have the proper tread and pressure. Check your windshield wipers and replace if needed. Also, make sure all lights are working properly.
- Ensure you drive at a good speed. – The big danger is rain is losing traction with the road. While slowing down improves driving, going too slow can cause an accident for those who not prepared for your speed. Reduce your speed by a third. For example, if the posted speed is 55, target a speed of 40
miles per hour.
- Keep your distance from other cars on the road. – This may not always be possible if there is heavy traffic. However, during wet conditions, try to keep your car 5 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. The added space gives you more time to react if there is a sudden stop.
- Do not rely on some forms of technology. – Cruise control and forward collision warning systems are often unreliable during the rain. On the other hand, traction control and anti-lock braking systems are specifically made for wet and rainy conditions.
- Slow down if you start to hydroplane. – When your car hydroplanes, it is essentially riding on top of the water and steering becomes lighter. This can happen with speeds over 35 miles per hour. Slow down if you start hydroplaning but don’t slam on your brakes. Simply ease your foot off the gas. If that
doesn’t work, gently pump the brakes to slow down.
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