As summer gives way to autumn, it's not uncommon to find yourself on the road when the rain begins to fall.
Maintaining your safety when driving in the rain is easier said than done. Not only do you have to worry about yourself but another driver making a mistake.
Here are three ways to help avoid an accident when driving in the rain:
- Slow down: Driving too fast in wet conditions increases the risk of losing control of your vehicle. For example, if you hit standing water at a high rate of speed, your tires may lose contact with the road.
- Use your headlights: This allows you to more easily see the road ahead. It also makes it easier for other drivers to spot your vehicle. Even if you don't think you need them, turn your headlights on when the rain begins to fall.
- Increase your following distance: It takes extra time to stop your vehicle on slick roads. A greater following distance is a must, as you may find yourself having to stop in a hurry.
As you follow these tips, you may spot other drivers who are navigating the roads as if they're 100 percent dry.
If a negligent driver causes an accident, move to safety and stay in your vehicle. If you or others are injured, it's essential for everyone to get the first aid they need.
After receiving treatment and discussing your prognosis with your medical team, file an insurance claim and learn more about the many ways to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages.