Inclement weather conditions make the roads considerably less safe for drivers and passengers. While you cannot stop the rain, you can take precautions in order to drive more safely when you find yourself out on the road in hazardous weather.
Consider the following safety tips for driving in bad weather:
- Maintain your vehicle. Your tires are especially important when driving in bad weather and rain. Make sure they are properly inflated and replace them once they become worn. Bald tires can quickly lose contact with the road and cause your vehicle to skid or hydroplane.
- Be prepared. Check the weather before you leave the house so that you know what to expect. And be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going.
- Drive slowly. Speeding in bad weather conditions drastically increases your chances of an accident. Also, you want to give yourself extra time to react, so don’t tailgate.
- Minimize your risk of hydroplaning. If you are driving in the rain and begin to lose traction, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas as you gently steer until you can feel the road again. Do not slam on your breaks or jerk the wheel if you are hydroplaning, as this can cause your car to skid and lose complete control.
- Use caution. If the conditions look really bad, use your best judgment. Don’t drive unless you absolutely have to.
If you are involved in an auto accident caused by bad weather or the actions of a negligent driver, contact Steven P. Roberts Personal Injury Lawyers. They can help you navigate the complexities of filing a claim.