As the colder time of the year approaches and rain starts to fall more frequently, you should understand how this affects your safety and your responsibilities as a driver. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) show that weather is a contributing factor in about 21% of vehicle crashes each year.
When you check the forecast and see a rainy day in the upcoming future, remember that you have a part to play in keeping our roads safe. Here are some tips you should follow the next time you’re caught driving in the rain:
REDUCE YOUR SPEED
Since visibility is hindered in the rain, slow down and increase the distance you have in front of you. This will also reduce the risk of hydroplaning.
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS
Whether it’s raining during the day or night, use your headlights to increase your visibility and alert other drivers of your presence.
ADJUST YOUR HABITS
While you may be used to driving a certain way, you must think ahead, adjust your habits, and stay alert when driving through the rain.
MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE
Make sure your tires, lights, windshield wipers, and brakes are all working properly so you can avoid any potential hazards.
Standing water can cause your tires to lose traction and hydroplane; always drive slow and steer cautiously when passing water on the ground.
INJURED IN A VIRGINIA CAR ACCIDENT?
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