North Carolina summers are hot … and rainy! You might think it’s just a few drops, but rain can create dangerous driving weather. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 75% of all weather-related traffic accidents happen on wet roads and pavement, and 47% occur when it’s raining.
So, the next time you’re caught in a nasty rainstorm, or even a light shower, follow these simple tips to keep you, your passengers, and other drivers safe!
When the roads are wet, the time it takes for your vehicle to come to a safe and complete stop is much longer than in normal driving conditions. Adjust your speed to ensure you have plenty of time to stop for red lights, emergencies, and stop signs.
Avoid standing water.
Driving through standing water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle, spin out, or hydroplane, which can lead to a collision. It can also potentially damage your car’s engine or electrical systems. So, if possible, steer around large puddles and standing water on the side of the road.
Turn on your headlights.
If your wipers come on, so should your lights. In inclement weather, it can not only be challenging to see the road in front of you, but it may also be difficult for other vehicles to see you. Turning on your headlights helps you remain visible to other drivers.
Leave more room around your vehicle.
Because it can be difficult to stop in the rain, leave extra space between your car and the vehicle in front of you. Similarly, if someone is on your tail, let them pass!
Can you shift your plans to wait for the rain to pass? If you don’t have a choice but to go out in poor weather, drive with extra care and caution!