Whether you are an experienced driver or you have only been driving a short time, being a safe driver is essential. You should always be aware of your surroundings and be cautious of any potentially hazardous conditions. Although car accidents are not always entirely avoidable, when the roads are wet, there are a few things you should do to reduce your chances of getting in a wreck.
- Increase your following distance. When roadways are wet, it takes longer for your vehicle to stop.
- Slow down. This will reduce the likelihood of your vehicle hydroplaning and will make it easier for you to safely stop.
- Use your headlights. While some people have headlights which come on with the vehicle, if you have lights which need turned on, make sure to use them when driving in a rain storm or other wet weather. Even if you can see fine, this helps other vehicles to see you better.
- Do not use cruise control. While great for driving in dry weather, using cruise control while driving in wet, cruise control increases your chances of getting in an accident as you will not able to adjust your driving speed nearly as easily.
- Avoid standing water. Although it might seem fun to drive a larger vehicle through a huge puddle, this can be dangerous. As your vehicle starts to hydroplane, you have far less control over the direction your vehicle goes. Drive cautiously if you must go through standing water. You may need to go around puddles or take a different route to avoid standing water.
Of course, even if you drive cautiously, there is no guarantee others on the road are going to be safe drivers in wet weather. If you do get in an accident due to someone else’s negligence on the road, contact us. Our Indianapolis car accident lawyers are experienced in handling car accident cases.