Avoid a car accident while driving in the rain with these tips to keep you calm and in control. Some people may feel anxiety when driving in the rain and not know how to respond correctly. Statistics show on average over 950,000 automobile accidents each year in the United States due to wet pavement. These accidents have resulted in 4,700 deaths and 384,000 personal injuries. These numbers have been reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
There are some simple things you can do to avoid a car accident while driving in the rain. Supervising instructor at D&D Driving School, Inc. and member of the Driving School Association of the Americas in Ohio, Brent Praeter suggests these tips when driving in the rain.
Remember to Think
Often when driving people tend to drive without much thought. Remember to concentrate on the road in bad weather conditions and watch out. Stay alert at all times.
As in all hazardous driving situations, slow down. The speed limit is for ideal driving conditions such as good weather and light traffic. In the rain or on wet pavement, your vehicle needs more time to stop than normal.
Turn on Your Headlights
When there is low visibility it is the law in all states to turn on your headlights. Many states also require the headlights to be on if the windshield wipers are in use.
Do Not Use Cruise Control
In a downpour, do not use cruise control. When roads are wet in icy, cruise control could cause you to lose control of the vehicle.
Be Cautious of Hydroplaning
Hydroplaning is the action of a vehicle sliding uncontrollably on a wet surface of road. It is easy for a vehicle to hydroplane. To hydroplane, only a small amount of wet pavement and speeds of over 35 mph are required.
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