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5 Tips for Driving Safely on Wet Roads

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

You should always drive cautiously, but when the roads are wet, it is even more important to do so. Driving with caution during rainy/snowy conditions will help reduce the risk of automotive accidents, and make a safer driving environment for yourself and others around you.

Follow these 5 tips for driving safely on wet roads:

  1. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. A good rule of thumb is for every ten miles per hour you are traveling, you should be one car length’s distance from the vehicle in front of you. So, if you are traveling at 50 mph, you should maintain a distance of about five car lengths to be able to safely stop in time, if needed.
  2. Use your headlights to make yourself more visible. If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on as well.
  3. Make sure your car is prepared for this type of weather, meaning your wipers, lights, tires, and brakes are in working order.
  4. Slow down. When the conditions aren’t ideal for driving, it is best to take your time. It’s better that you arrive safely and a little late, than to be involved in an accident.
  5. Try to follow the “tracks” of the vehicle in front of you to reduce your risk of hydroplaning.

If you’ve been injured in an automotive accident due to someone else’s neglectful driving in wet weather, contact us today for a free evaluation.