It’s no secret that driving on wet roadways can be challenging, stressful and hazardous. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, wet and slick roadways play a role in over one million motor vehicle accidents every year. Knowing how to drive safely when the road is wet can help motorists in Pennsylvania avoid accidents and arrive safely to their destinations.
Before getting behind the wheel and heading out in the rain, drivers should prepare themselves accordingly. Drivers should be well rested and have a clear mind to better prevent any sort of impairment. Also, make sure the vehicle is prepared to handle the rain. Check tire inflation and tread, and also inspect windshield wipers to ensure they are working appropriately.
Maintain adequate following distance
When driving on wet roads, drivers should always leave plenty of room between their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them. A good rule of thumb is to keep a following distance of at least five seconds. This way if the following vehicle is unable to stop, the driver has enough space to move right or left.
Avoid sudden movements
When braking, accelerating or turning on wet roadways, do so as smoothly as possible to maintain maximum control of the vehicle. Jerky, sudden steering or braking can cause the vehicle to lose traction and slide. Instead, make gradual steering or speed changes.
Most importantly, just slow down. Many drivers just go too fast on wet roads, and this is the cause of many accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers these days are not as careful as they should be behind the wheel. Those in Pennsylvania who have suffered injuries in accidents caused by negligent drivers may want to consider contacting a legal representative. Damages from a successful lawsuit could help victims pay accrued medical expenses.