Spring is blossoming in Wisconsin, and drivers across the state welcome the clear roads and warmer temperatures. However, with spring comes rain showers, storms and wet pavement, which is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. Avoid contributing to crash statistics by keeping these tips in mind before you’re caught driving in the rain.
Heavy rainfall can severely impair visibility – your ability to see where you’re going, and other drivers’ ability to see you. Windshield wipers should clear your glass in one swipe and should not leave streaks. Check to make sure all lights are working properly to ensure that other drivers are able to see you during downpours. In order to maintain good traction on wet roadways, proper tread depth and inflation of your tires is imperative. Be proactive and perform a quick safety check on a monthly basis.
No Cruise Control
Cruise control is a great feature when using on dry roads, but should not be used when driving on wet pavement. Tapping on your brakes to disengage the cruise control can throw your car into a skid. It’s important that you have full control of your car when driving during wet conditions.
Slow It Down
Hydroplaning happens when the tires rise up on a film of water and can happen with a mere 1/2-inch of water on the road. It is critical to slow your car’s speed in order to avoid hydroplaning. If you do feel yourself hydroplaning, quickly take your foot off the gas until the tires regain traction.
Spring brings a wide variety of temperatures. Significant temperature drops during precipitation can lead to hail; while afterwards, a heavy rain can result in icy roads.
Leave Enough Room
Increase the distance between you and the car in front of you to allow ample stopping time should you have to brake suddenly. When approaching intersections or turns, slow down before braking to avoid going into a skid. If a reckless driver enters your vicinity, slow down and pull over if necessary to give them room to pass.
Correct a Skid
If you feel your car going into a skid, stay calm and do not panic. Lift your foot off the accelerator and steer the car into the direction you want it to go. To avoid losing control, do not slam on the brakes.
Hire an Attorney
Unfortunately, even defensive drivers have accidents. If you become injured in a car accident, you need the help of a personal injury attorney. To learn more about your options, contact us today and our attorneys will help you through the process.