Traffic congestion during the daily commute is part of the driving experience in northern California. However, when roads are wet, the conditions can go from frustrating to dangerous. At Abraham Smith & Waldsmith, LLP, we often represent clients who have been severely injured in a multi-car accident as a result of poor road conditions.
The Mercury News reports that a driver can lose control of their vehicle in as little as six inches of water. If the roads are filled with commuters, many drivers may lose control simultaneously, increasing the likelihood of you becoming involved in an accident. Here are some tips for driving on wet roads can help you avoid potential hazards.
Prepare your vehicle properly
Make sure your tire treads and windshield wipers are in good condition. Worn treads don’t grip the road well in wet conditions. Worn wiper blades may smear the rain instead of clearing it, making it difficult to see beyond your car.
Follow the path of the car in front of you
Hydroplaning takes place when there is a layer of water between the tire and the road. If you can see tire prints from the car in front of you, drive in them. The rainwater has been displaced in that area, making it safer to drive.
Turn on the headlights and wipers
Driving in bad weather with the wipers on can help you see better, even if the rain is light or sporadic. Having the headlights on can help other drivers see you, even on foggy days. Having the wipers and lights on is also required by law.
Follow at a distance
When roads are wet, it takes longer to stop. Leaving more room between you and the car in front of you gives you more time to react if they slide or fishtail. This can reduce your chances of losing control of your vehicle and hitting them or other cars around you.
If you have been in a multi-car accident on wet roads due to a negligent driver, there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.