Coming Spring Rains Mean Dangerous Driving Conditions
Cautious driving and proper care by drivers are necessary even as the weather begins to warm. Drivers must be able to identify possible threats and dangerous driving conditions in any season. Here are some of the spring driving conditions you should be aware of, and how to handle these dangerous driving conditions without a collision.
When water separates your tires from the pavement, you do not have control over your vehicle and have no traction. This can be as scary as sliding on a sheet of ice, but do not panic and hit the brakes. If your vehicle begins hydroplaning, decrease your speed by letting off the gas, which allows you to regain traction smoothly. Do not slam on the brakes or attempt to steer out of the hydroplane.
Most states require drivers to turn on their headlights when using their windshield wipers; headlights help enhance visibility and allow other drivers to see you more easily. Your window defroster can also be helpful in clearing the fog from your windows to improve visibility, but if the rain is heavy, you may need to pull off the road and wait for the rain to slow.
Ice, salt, and cold temperatures can accelerate roadway corrosion. However, in a warm state like Florida, road corrosion can come from areas of heavily used pavement. Large potholes can potentially do serious damage to your vehicle, and you should avoid them if possible. If you cannot avoid them, AAA recommends slowing down before the pothole and releasing the brake just before impact to reduce damage. A rolling tire will be damaged less than a tire skidding across a pothole.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Check the following conditions of your vehicle before heading out to ensure you are prepared for spring driving conditions:
- Adequate tire tread and correct tire pressure
- Clean windows inside and out
- Well-functioning wiper blades
- Clean headlights
Dangerous Driving Conditions and Car Accidents
These are just some of the spring driving conditions drivers must be aware of to keep our roads safe. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to dangerous driving conditions and a negligent driver, call the car accident attorneys at Casas Law in West Palm Beach for a free consultation.
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