Driving in Unsafe Conditions
Unsafe Driving Conditions
Driving is particularly easy and second nature to most, but even the most skilled drivers are unevenly matched when it comes to the dreadful conditions of rain.
As cars travel along the roads daily, the drop residue of oils that collect on the road. In hot and dry weather, this residue may deep into the cracks and crevices of the ground and remain there not interfering much with the friction of the tires. However, naturally, water and oil don’t mix. Therefore during the rainy seasons, car tires rotate and push water into those crevices, exposing the loose oils and mixing with the water. This creates less friction in the tires and ultimately less overall control of your vehicle. Rain actually causes more deaths per year when compared to deaths caused by hail, snow, fog.
However, rain doesn’t stop your child from needing to be picked up from daycare. So consider the following when faced with these conditions.
Know the weather! You can better prepare yourself to not be on the road during the time of a storm if you know that one may occur. And if you must drive the next day, make sure your car is in service and everything is operating smoothly. Especially your tires!
Don’t try to be Superman and see through the falling water droplets. Use your windshield wipers on the proper speed to have a clear view of the road at all times. Make sure your headlights are on if the rain is heavy enough to dim the sky and use your signals early to give drivers behind you enough time to stop.
Also, make sure that you stay sharp and alert. Watch out for any puddles you may see. You never know how deep they are or if potholes are near. Make sure that u keep a good distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. They might be trying to be Superman, and if they happen to stop abruptly, you want enough time to avoid a possible collision. Make to slow down, and turn lower your radio so you can hear what may be going on around you.
Driving in various conditions can be serious and sometimes deadly. It’s great to avoid having to drive in the rain if possible. But if you must drive in it, you want to think ahead for yourself the cars around you.
If you’ve been in a car accident and were injured, a car accident lawyer in Dekalb County, GA can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Thanks to Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into personal injury claims and driving in unsafe conditions.