Preventing Rainy Day Accidents in Georgia
With summer soon approaching, Georgia will see more rain. Rainy days can be relaxing and provide much-needed water for plant life. However, rainy conditions also contribute to millions of traffic crashes each year. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia car accident attorneys understand the hazard posed by heavy rain. We regularly meet clients injured in accidents involving inclement weather, including rain. Below, we offer some helpful tips for wet weather driving, intended to keep you safe through the rainy season. For the complete list of rainy driving tips as recommended by the American Automobile Association (AAA), check out the list here.
Plan Ahead - Preventing a rainy day car accident begins with preparation. Replace worn windshield wipers so that you can effectively clear rain from your windshield. Make sure your headlights, brake lights, taillights, and turn signals are functioning properly so that you can see and others can see you in rainy conditions. Turn on your headlights whenever you drive in the rain. Moreover, check your tires and replace them if the treads are worn. Worn tires are less likely to properly grip the road, increasingly the likelihood of a crash. Be sure tires are inflated to a safe level to maximize their drivability.
Slow Down - The most important thing you can do in heavily rainy weather is to slow down. Hydroplaning, which occurs when a car loses traction due to water on the road, is one of the gravest dangers of wet conditions. By slowing down, you will greatly reduce your risk of hydroplaning.
Leave Plenty of Room - You should leave more room between you and the car ahead than normal during rainy conditions. This extra space will provide you with the time you might need to slow down safely or stop in the event of an accident or obstacle ahead. Start to signal and slow down for turns well in advance to allow yourself to maneuver more slowly, as dictated by the weather conditions.
Pull Over If You Cannot See - If a downpour becomes so intense that you cannot see the road ahead, the safest thing for you to do, in most scenarios, is to pull over. You could seek refuge on the side of the road or in a safe location while you wait for the rain to subside.
Respond to a Skid Appropriately - If you feel your car start to skid, do not panic. Instead, continue to look and steer in the direction in which you want the car to go. Avoid slamming on your brakes, as this might make the vehicle harder to control.
Be Alert - Heavy rain could send other drivers skidding across the road and can make driving dangerous. Pay close attention to the road ahead during wet weather days and put away any distractions such as cell phones or food. Rainy conditions require your full concentration to arrive safely at your destination.
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