7 Things You Can Do to Make Your Driving Safer in Rainy Weather

rainy weather drivingI’m sure many of us in Albuquerque were taken aback by several days of rainy weather we had recently. It just goes to show that even in the high desert of New Mexico, we need to always be prepared for the hazards of driving in rainy weather.

We may not think about it, but when the roads are wet, the chances of being involved in an auto accident increase significantly. Problems from visibility to traction to traffic conditions all become significant risks. Here are 7 things you can do to make your driving safer in rainy weather.

1Slow down! It takes longer to stop in wet weather. When coming to a stop, begin slowing down sooner and apply gentle brake pressure to help generate enough heat to dry your brakes.

2Defog your windows. Your windows will fog up before you know it. Turn on both front and rear defrosters as well as your air conditioning.

3Increase your following distance. Visibility is naturally reduced in rain, so double or triple your following distance. Remember, the spray created by following larger vehicles greatly reduces your vision.

4.Turn on your headlights. Not only do headlights help you see the road, but they’ll help other drivers see you.

5Brake before entering curves. If your car begins to skid, ease off the gas, and carefully steer into the skid – the direction you want your vehicle to go. If your car has anti-lock brakes, brake firmly; if not, avoid braking until you recover from the skid.

6Never drive through flooded areas. If you can’t see the ground through a flooded area, don’t drive through it – your car could easily be swept off the road. Don’t be overconfident when driving a large vehicle since fast-moving water can easily overcome it.

7Maintain your car. Replace wipers at least once a year. If they streak or smear, replace them immediately. Clean your windshields regularly, inside and out. Check tire tread regularly. Make sure that headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals are all working properly.

Driving in inclement weather is always dangerous, but taking these few precautions will help keep you and those around you safer when the rains do show up. And if you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident through no fault of your own, you need to contact the Atkinson Law Firm in Albuquerque for your free consultation!

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Scott concentrates on serious personal injury cases. He believes that a catastrophic injury does not just affect the victim; it also dramatically impacts the victim’s family. Scott is in Albuquerque to fight for you to recover your New Mexico accident losses!