Wet spring weather requires attentive driving to keep you safe. Idaho drivers can be lulled into a false sense of security when warm temps melt snow and ice, but rain offers ts own set of driving challenges.
AAA reports that wet weather contributes to over 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents per year. A wet road can be just as slick as an icy one and the potholes created by a harsh winter can lead to conditions that are ripe for a car accident.
Checking your windshield wipers, tires and lights can reduce the risk of being involved in an accident by ensuring that your vehicle is functioning properly. Test your tire treads by placing a penny into the groove of a tire tread, pointing the top of Lincoln’s head into the tread. If you can still see Lincoln’s head, your tires need replacing. Tire pressure should also be checked, since tires tend to deflate during the cold winter months. (Bonus: Proper tire pressure also carries the added benefit of making your car more fuel-efficient.)
Another way to help stay safe on the road is by adjusting your speed to your driving conditions and avoiding using cruise control in wet weather conditions. Keep your eyes on the road, avoid sharp turns, and aim to make any lane changes as smooth as possible. Watch out for animals in the road, especially during the early morning and early evening hours.
When driving in wet weather, experts recommend shifting six inches to either side for drier pavement and better traction. Shallow ruts commonly form in the part of the road where most drivers travel, which turns these areas into water-filled obstacles when it rains.
If you do start to hydroplane, it’s important not to panic. Yanking the steering wheel and slamming on the brakes will make the situation worse. It is best to remain calm, hold the wheel firmly and gently lift off the accelerator as you keep the car straight.
What to do After an Accident
Of course, sometimes accidents happen even when you’ve done everything right. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, seek immediate attention for any injuries, even if they seem relatively minor at the time. Take pictures with your cell phone and jot down notes to provide evidence that can supplement the police report.
If you decide to pursue legal action against the driver responsible for the accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Holzer Edwards specialize in car accident cases. Call us today at (208) 386-9119 or toll-free at (888) 490-0992 for a free consultation.