Driving during bad weather, especially rainstorms, presents special challenges and requires additional precaution. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, 46 percent of all weather-related accidents involve driving in the rain. For Floridians, driving in a downpour is a natural occurrence, but there are some strategies to make it less hazardous.

Ensure Vehicle Equipment Works Properly

Tires should be properly inflated and have sufficient tread. Over time, the channel grooves on an under inflated tire can narrow, causing the tire to divert less water. Additionally, ensure headlights and windshield wipers work properly. In fact, headlights are required to be on during rainy periods. Before driving, clear the windshield from fog using the defroster.

Leave More Room to Stop and Maneuver During the Rain

When driving on wet roads, plan for at least two times the normal stopping distance. The rule of thumb is to allow three seconds to stop on dry pavement. Stay cautious and add one second to your normal following distance between cars. Speed limits are designed for optimal road conditions. During a rainstorm, decrease your speed by at least a third of the posted speed limit.

Anti-Lock Brakes Operate Differently From Non-ABS

Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) operate differently than traditional brakes. People have been taught to pump traditional brakes when the vehicle begins to slide. However, with ABS, firm and steady pressure should be applied to the brake pedal. Drivers might feel a slight vibration. This feeling is normal and means the ABS are working properly. Know which type of brakes you have and use the proper technique.

Avoid Standing Water

Standing water in the road presents two hazards. First, it is difficult to tell the depth of the water when driving. Second, only a small amount of water, 1/12 of an inch, can cause a vehicle to hydroplane out of control. If you see standing water in the road, slow down or take an alternate route.

Contact the Khonsari Law Group After a Car Accident

If you have been injured on the road due to someone’s careless driving during inclement weather, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us at (727) 269-5300 for a case evaluation as soon as possible after the accident. Vigorous and competent representation will help put your life back together.

Driving during bad weather, especially rainstorms, presents special challenges and requires additional precaution. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, 46 percent of all weather-related accidents involve driving in the rain. For Floridians, driving in a downpour is a natural occurrence, but there are some strategies to make it less hazardous.