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How NOT to Drive in the Rain

At Hupy and Abraham, we constantly advocate for safety and feel it’s important to regularly inform our community how to stay safe and avoid accidents. But over time, it’s easy for those reminders to become repetitive and for people feel like they’ve heard it all before.

Though when it comes to avoiding dangerous situations, more information can never hurt as much as serious injuries sustained in an accident, especially one caused by poor decision-making while driving in the rain.

In the spring, melting snow and changing temperatures can leave roads extra treacherous. So, we’ve decided to try a little reverse psychology, and have compiled five tips on how not to drive in wet and rainy conditions. If you commonly do any of the following in the rain while driving, your risk of getting in an accident rises significantly.

How NOT to Drive in the Rain:

  1. Don’t drive in the blind spot of other vehicles. Trucks and tractor-trailers will have the hardest time seeing you, and if you get too close, spray from their tires can obstruct your vision.
     
  2. Don't drive if the windshield is so covered with rain that you can't see. If your windshield wipers cannot clear rain at their highest setting, just pull over and wait for the rain to lighten up.
     
  3. Don't drive toward the sides of the road. Roads are constructed so that they're highest in the middle, enabling water to run toward the edges. You’re more likely to maintain traction near the center of the road.
     
  4. Don't drive with your headlights off. When visibility is low, you need other vehicles and pedestrians to see you. But keep in mind that high beams will reflect off rain, making it harder to see.
     
  5. Don't drive across deep water. If you see water flowing across the road from one side to the other, don't try to drive across it. It takes only a few inches of water for a car to be swept from the road.

We hope that you keep these precautions in mind the next time you have to drive in the rain. But always remember that if road conditions and visibility become too poor, just wait until the storm calms before heading out.

When the weather’s bad, accidents are sometimes out of our control. However, if you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident due to the dangerous and negligent actions of others, contact the experienced attorneys at Hupy and Abraham for a free consultation. Call 800-800-5678 or start a live chat with us anytime at Hupy.com.