Precautions enhance safety when driving on wet roads

On Behalf of | Jul 12, 2022 | Car accidents

Approximately 70% of the 1,235,000 car crashes that occur each year happen when the road is wet. Remembering to take appropriate precautions before you head out in the rain and following proper safety guidelines in the rain can help to keep you safe.

Before you get out on the road, check the weather forecast. If it’s supposed to rain, leave yourself a bit of extra time to get to your destination so you won’t have to rush. You should also make sure your lights and wipers are working so you can drive safely.

Safe driving practices

Water on the roadway can lead to hydroplaning. Always avoid sudden movements when you’re driving in the rain to minimize the risk of hydroplaning. If you start to skid, let off the gas and steer in the direction of the skid so you can regain control of the vehicle.

You should also avoid braking suddenly because your vehicle may slide. This could lead to a rear-end crash. Remember, it takes longer to stop on the wet surface so give yourself ample time to stop if it’s been raining.

Even though you’re driving safely, other drivers might not be. This means that you’re still at risk of a crash just because of how others are driving. If you’re struck by a negligent motorist, you should get medical care to determine if you have any injuries. Once you’ve done this, you may opt to exercise your right to seek compensation, which can help you to recover the financial damages you’re facing due to the crash.