Springtime in Ohio is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Unfortunately, it often brings quite a bit of rain to the area.
If you find yourself on the road when the rain begins to fall, it’s imperative to immediately change your driving style. Here are some of the things you can do:
- Slow down: This is the first step to take, as slowing down decreases the risk of hydroplaning and increases control over your vehicle. If it makes sense to drive slower than the speed limit, don’t hesitate to do so.
- Use your headlights: In addition to improving visibility, it allows other drivers to more easily spot your vehicle from a distance.
- Leave more stopping space: It takes longer to stop your vehicle in slick conditions, so leave more space between your car and those in front of you. An extra one to two seconds can be the difference between avoiding an accident and striking another vehicle from behind.
- Inspect your wipers and tires: Properly functioning windshield wipers are a must, as these help improve your visibility. Also, inspect your tires for proper tread depth, as this helps with traction in wet conditions.
As you’re adjusting your driving style in the rain, don’t be surprised if you see others who are taking entirely too many risks.
If you’re injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, first turn your attention to your health and well-being. After that, you can file an insurance claim, learn more about your legal rights and decide how to best obtain compensation for your injuries and damage to your vehicle.