Even if you haven’t lived here long, Volusia County residents quickly understand that they receive their fair share the nation’s rainfall throughout the year. They also learn very quickly the dangers of driving in wet road conditions. The more it rains, the more you are at risk of being injured in a Volusia County car accident.
When the Road Is Wet
Wet roads are more dangerous for a variety of reasons. For starters, when the road is wet, the water creates a film on the asphalt which can result in your tires easily losing traction. In addition, it is more difficult to see through the rain and windshield wipers.
Five Simple Tips for Driving in the Rain
Obviously, not everyone you share the Florida roadways with practices the same driving habits as you do. However, you can do certain things to avoid a car crash when it’s raining, such as:
- Driving slower. No matter the weather conditions, the faster you drive, the more likely you are to lose control of your vehicle and cause a wreck. Take your time in the rain, and slow down.
- Turning your headlights on. You should always drive with your headlights on in the rain, no matter how light the rainfall is. Not only does it make it easier for you to see other vehicles, it makes it easier for them to see you.
- Being careful of rain after long dry spells. Oil and grease buildup over time during dry periods. When it rains following a long dry spell, this oil and grease make the roadways extra slick until it is washed away. Utilize extra precaution during these times.
- Being wary of people on foot. Florida is known for its warm climate. This means no matter the weather, there are always people on foot. Never assume that the rain will drive people indoors. Beware and always be on a constant look out for pedestrians.
- Knowing what to do if your car hydroplanes. If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, avoid braking suddenly or turning the wheel. This could result in your vehicle skidding or spinning out of control. The best thing to do is to release the gas pedal slowly and steer straight until your car regains traction on the road.
Following an Accident
The last thing you want is to become a statistic. That is why it is critical to use extreme caution when driving in the rain. Unfortunately, you can’t control the driving behaviors of those you share the roadways with.
You should call the experienced team at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. if you have been injured by a careless driver. You might be able to hold that driver liable for your injuries. Let our knowledgeable team of accident attorneys evaluate your case and provide you with a great legal plan. You shouldn’t have to go through this alone.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.