Follow These Tips to Stay Safe When Driving in the Rain
It is true that Southern California is known as a place where it never rains but those in the area know this is not quite true. While it does rain less than many areas in the country, when it does rain it can actually be more dangerous. This is because many people are not familiar with how to stay safe in the rain. They do not realize that rain can lower response time, visibility, and control over their vehicle.
When you combine these facts, it is easy to see why Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation. Otherwise, read on to learn how to reduce your chances of being involved in this type of accident.
Make Sure Your Tires Are Properly Inflated
First and foremost, your tires should be properly inflated. Remember that the treads in your tires are there to create road grip. This then forces water, mud, and other types of potentially dangerous debris away from the tire contact point. As this tread wears down, or your tires become less inflated, they are less safe to drive on. Check your tires for any sign of puncture, leaks, wear and tear, or other types of damage.
Drive with Your Headlights On
A good rule of thumb is that if you have your windshield wipers on, you should have your lights on. In fact, in California it is required by law that if you are driving in inclement weather, you should have your lights on. Do not use the excuse that the lights do not help you – they are not necessarily going to help you see better but they are going to help other cars see you.
Leave Your Cruise Control Off
Cruise control can make driving more comfortable but it was only designed for long highway drives in perfect weather conditions. If there is any inclement weather, including rain, then using cruise control can be dangerous. Remember that its purpose is to maintain a consistent speed – this increases the chance of hydroplaning because cruise control does not know that there is water on the road. When it is raining, keep the vehicle under manual control.
Slowing down is one of the most important things you can do to prevent serious accidents when it is raining. Remember that when a road is wet, it is also slick – and that means that your time needed to stop is increased. Your likelihood of skidding is also increased. This is why we recommend you slow down at least five if not ten miles below the speed limit. Be sure to also leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
If you are involved in a car accident, whether during rain or perfect weather, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.