Rain is one of Mother Nature’s greatest blessings upon Earth. It provides us with, well, water of course, nutritional bounties, and everything that is green and wonderful under the sun. Yet, it is hazardous too, and can be the source of immense destruction as well. Thousands of road accidents occur around the world annually due to rainy conditions. Many of these incidents however, can easily be prevented if caution is exercised. Indeed, most accidents in the rain occur only because people are unaware of the precautionary steps they need to take.
1. Take It Slow
One of the most important rules of driving safely in the rain, if you must drive at all, is to drive slower than usual as it takes longer to stop. This is crucial especially if it rains after a long time, as the first rain releases the built-up oil and grease from the road and causes slippery conditions. More than at any other time, driving slower in the rain can help avoid road accidents.
2. Braking 101
Wet weather can reduce the friction on the roads, so that it takes longer to adjust or to stop the vehicle. As such, it is vital that you maintain appropriate following distance. It is also important that you start braking earlier than you usually would. Careful braking and an appropriate distance between cars can help avoid a significant number of road accidents in the rain.
3. The Middle Lane
Rain water often pools on the sides of the road, which means that driving in the middle of the road is the way to avoid road accidents in the rain. It is essential to avoid these puddles of water as much as possible. The water could splash up into the electrical system of the car and damage it, or the puddles could be hiding hazardous potholes on the road.
4. Those Who Walk
It is often difficult for pedestrians to see a vehicle approaching during rainy weather as their visibility is reduced. Their hearing might be impaired as well due to the noise made by the rain. Therefore, it falls to the driver to be particularly careful of people walking along the roadside.
5. Pull Over!
The best way to make certain that you are not involved in a road accident in the rain is not to drive at all, but that’s unlikely to be possible in the UK. If you’re caught by torrential rain on the road, find a safe spot, pull over, and wait for the rain to ease or stop.
Road accidents in the rain can be avoided and prevented, saving hundreds of lives each year, with a few basic precautionary measures. Sometimes though, circumstances get out of your control, and you end up in a road accident through no fault of your own. If you are, or have recently been, a victim of such circumstances, get in touch with Accident Advice helpline to learn how you can deal with them.
Date Published: October 6, 2013
Author: David Brown