While drivers should always be on the alert, careful driving is especially important when road conditions are not ideal. Heavy rain, which may lead to flooding, can lead to dangerous driving conditions. If you get caught in your vehicle during wet weather, consider these seven wet weather driving tips:
- On a multiple lane road, drive in the middle lane whenever possible. Most roads in the United States are higher in the middle. The side lanes are more likely to have runoff and standing water.
- Reduce your speed by about five to 10 miles per hour while doubling your following distance. This gives you more distance for slowing down or stopping.
- Signal for turns earlier than usual and brake sooner than normal. Because visibility will be reduced, it is important for the driver behind to be warned early on what you have planned.
- Turn on your low beams. North Carolina law requires motorists to use their headlights when using windshield wipers, no matter the time of day. Your high beams, though, can cause visibility issues, particularly if there is fog.
- If it is raining especially hard, you may want to pull off on the side of the road. Turn on your emergency flashers, and stay in the vehicle. If you must get out, do so on the passenger’s side. If possible, wait out the storm at a rest stop or other public location.
- Understand that roads are the slipperiest just after rain has started. The water combines with dust, dirt, oil, and other substances to create a slick surface. When possible, avoid driving during the first 10 to 15 minutes of a rainstorm.
- Avoid flooded areas. Even it looks shallow, the water level might be deeper than you realize. Take alternate routes when possible. If you must drive through a puddle, tap your brake pedal afterwards to dry out your brake rotors.
Unfortunately, some drivers do not take the proper precautions on wet roads. If you are hit by another vehicle during a rainstorm or while the roads are wet, contact us. One of our auto accident lawyers will provide you with a free case evaluation.