When you leave to drive somewhere, you can protect your safety and that of your passengers by planning your route ahead of time, putting any distractions away and putting your full attention on driving safely and following the rules of the road. However, there are times when other influences can make it difficult to maintain control of your vehicle and you have to rely on your instincts to help you make wise decisions. At Greaney Scudder Law Firm, we have helped many people in Washington who have been the victim of a car accident.
One factor that can make driving difficult is inclement weather. When it is raining and snowing for example, you may experience visibility issues as well as less control over the traction your vehicle has on the road. According to AAA Exchange, your tires are working hard to keep contact with the road and even a meager 1/12 inch of water translates to nearly a gallon of water per second that your tires have to remove to keep their traction. As such, it is imperative that you keep your pace slow and steady and allow the vehicle in front of you plenty of room. Never follow another car too closely as a sudden slowing in their pace could send you scrambling to stop.
You should also be mindful to keep your cruise control in the off position when it is wet outside. If your car is on cruise control and you begin to lose traction and have to slow down it could take too late by the time you get your cruise control off and slow down. If you do lose traction and start to skid, never slam on your brakes as it immediately increases your chances of losing control.
When you understand what precautions to take when driving in wet weather, you can be better prepared to navigate hazards that may otherwise cause you to panic. For more information about motor vehicle accidents, visit our web page.