When it comes to driving in heavy rain, you know that you will face a variety of challenges. For example, poor visibility can make it difficult to see the road ahead (as well as other vehicles). Furthermore, standing water can lead to hydroplaning, thus increasing the likelihood of an accident.
There are a few key steps you can take to drive more safely in heavy rain, including:
- Be patient. Even if you are in a hurry to reach your destination, you need to slow down. When you take your time, you’ll feel more in control.
- Use your headlights. Not only does this help you see the road ahead, but it makes it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle.
- Leave plenty of space. It never makes sense to drive too closely to other vehicles, especially in the rain. You’ll need extra reaction time in the event that you need to stop quickly, so be sure to keep your distance.
As you’re doing these things, don’t be surprised if you see another driver who is ignoring the conditions. These people don’t care that it’s raining, they still drive as if the conditions are perfect.
If you are involved in an accident, such as with someone who was driving recklessly in heavy rain, you should move your car to safety and call 911. This will ensure that police and an ambulance arrive at the scene as quickly as possible.
Once you receive treatment and review what happened, you can consider the steps you can take to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Source: Travelers, “How to Drive Safely in Strong Wind and Rain,” accessed Aug. 15, 2017