Driving in the rain brings with it many hazards regarding traction and visibility, but there are steps drivers can take to reduce the risk of accidents while driving in the rain. Below are some safety tips for driving in the rain. But first, Indianapolis drivers should be aware of the hazards that come with hazardous weather.
Hazards of Driving in the Rain
During the day, oils, lubricants and other materials from cars gather on the roadways. When it rains, especially when it first begins raining, the rain loosens these materials and creates a water-oily mix that reduces traction. This can lead to skidding and problems braking.
Rain also creates visibility issues like glare from the other drivers’ lights. Additionally, when it rains, other vehicle’s tires, especially large trucks and buses, spray water from the road. If a driver follows too closely, the spray can further reduce visibility.
Rain also leads to puddles, especially on poorly designed or maintained roads. Large enough puddles can lead to hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is sliding uncontrollably on the wet surface of the road. Puddles that form on the sides of the roadways are often hydroplane culprits.
How to remain safe while driving in the rain:
- Prepare the vehicle: Before setting off on the roadways, drivers need to make sure that their vehicles are prepared for a rainstorm. Windshield wipers should be working and in good condition. Tires need to have enough tread to grip the road adequately, and a vehicle’s lights need to be in good working order.
- Adjust speed and distance: If a driver encounters rain while driving, the best thing to do is to slow down. This allows the driver to brake easier. Drivers should also increase their stopping distance and not follow too closely to other vehicles in the rain.
- By staying away from other vehicles, drivers may avoid another vehicle’s tire spray and can adjust easier to any problems the rain causes with their braking or traction. If a driver does have to stop, he or she should try not to slam on the brakes because this can lead to the car losing traction and going into a skid.
- Know how to handle hydroplaning: There is also a procedure for handling hydroplaning. When a driver’s car first begins to skid, the driver can turn the wheel into the skid to regain control of the car.
- They shouldn’t slam down on the breaks because this will further reduce traction. Once the driver regains control of the vehicle, he or she should slowly reduce speed and seek to safety wait out the storm at a rest area or another safe area.
Negligence While Driving in the Rain
Negligence means failing to show reasonable care to prevent harm to others. Reasonable care includes:
- Slowing down
- Increasing stopping distance
- Taking other precautions to avoid hazards while driving in the rain
Drivers who don’t take these precautions and get into car accidents because of their carelessness can be liable for the damages that result from these accidents. Hensley Legal Group is committed to helping Indiana drivers recover compensation from at-fault drivers. Contact our office to discuss your case in more detail.