Nearly 1,259,000 vehicle crashes each year are weather-related. More than 46% of weather-related crashes occur during rainfall. Since yesterday, Southern California finally saw some rainfall and this upcoming Friday it is forecast to continue.
Here are some safety tips for driving in the rain:
- Take your time and do not rush to your destination. Slowing down your speed is the only way to keep your auto from hydroplaning. Remember, the most dangerous time to drive in the rain is soon after it begins as oils on the road make for slick conditions.
- Do not panic. If your vehicle begins to hydroplane, DO NOT BRAKE or turn the wheel abruptly that it may cause your vehicle to skid or spin.
- Turn on your lights. By turning on your headlights, you will facilitate other vehicles to see you. There are many states that require the use of headlight during rain, even during the daylight.
- Increase the space between you and the other vehicles. Add approximate 1-2 seconds of following time in the rain that slick roads, wet brakes and reduced visibility can lead to collisions when braked quickly and not enough reaction time is given.
Following these simple safety tips can save your life and the life of others. For information about auto insurance coverage, CONTACT US today! There are good driver discounts that we can offer you for your auto insurance policy!
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