Hydroplaning Accident in Putnam County, Georgia
Rainy weather caused at least two motor vehicle accident deaths on one recent Sunday evening, according to 11Alive.com. The two people that died in the wreck were passengers in one of the two vehicles that were involved in a hydroplaning accident in Putnam County. The fatal crash also sent several people to the hospital. The accident happened when one vehicle hydroplaned, causing its driver to lose control of it. The vehicle moved across the center line, and it collided with another vehicle which was driving on that side of the road. The accident is currently under investigation.
Wet Roads Increase Accident Risk
Springtime brings the warmer weather with it, but it also brings rain and plenty of it. Wet roads are common in the springtime and all throughout the year, but drivers don't always adjust their driving habits to account for wet roads. Hydroplaning accidents like the one mentioned above are just one example of the types of motor vehicle wrecks that can happen in rainy weather. Rain and fog are a factor in many different types of motor vehicle accidents on Georgia roads both during the day and after dark. Drivers can reduce their accident risk by learning how to drive safely during wet weather.
Safe Driving Tips for Rainy Weather
Rain, fog, and wet roads are three hazards that drivers can encounter on the road. Rain increases crash risk in two ways. When rain is falling, or there is fog, visibility is reduced, and drivers can have difficulty seeing road signs, vehicles, intersections, and other things that they have to be able to see to drive safely. Also, wet weather can make road surfaces slippery. A slick driving surface increases the chance that a driver will lose control of their vehicle. Some types of road surfaces provide better traction in wet weather than others do. Poorly drained road surfaces can also cause trouble for drivers. If water is sitting on top of the road surface, vehicles can hydroplane, causing drivers to lose control.
When it is raining or after the rain has stopped and the road is wet, there are things that drivers can do to decrease their accident risk. One of the best things that you can do is reduce your speed. Driving slower gives you more time to see things, and it reduces the likelihood that your vehicle will hydroplane. It takes vehicles longer to come to a stop on a wet surface, so leave yourself plenty of time and distance to stop your car safely. Also, leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, so you have more time to react to its movements. Keeping a safe distance between your car and nearby vehicles is always important, but it's even more critical when the road is wet.
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