Ideal driving conditions make driving a pleasure. However, you may not feel happy about driving in heavy rain. It can make driving potentially more dangerous, and you may be more prone to having an accident.
While it is ideal to avoid driving in heavy rain, this is not always possible. You could be out and about when the rain starts. This makes it a good idea to know what you should do to minimise the odds of being injured in an accident while heavy rain is falling.
Slow down and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles
This is probably one of the most important things to remember. You can reduce the odds of being in a crash simply by slowing down. It takes longer to stop in wet conditions, so driving up close to the vehicle in front isn’t a good idea. Maintain a greater distance; if someone else overtakes and goes into that gap, drop back further to regain the distance you had before.
Avoid driving through standing water if you can. At night, it may not be possible to see standing water until you hit it. This is another reason why reducing your speed is essential. It could make all the difference between staying safe and driving through it steadily, instead of aquaplaning and losing control of your vehicle – and having water get into the engine.
Always maintain the condition of your vehicle
Regular vehicle checks are always a good idea. You never know when you might get caught in certain situations such as driving in a downpour. Check your wipers regularly and replace them in the event they stop working as they should. This will ensure you have maximum visibility during heavy rain. Turn them on full too, to get rid of water on the screen more quickly.
While being a good driver means you are less likely to have an accident, you never know when you might encounter someone else who doesn’t take these preventative measures. If you are involved in a crash during heavy rain and you feel the other driver was at fault, speaking to a professional injury compensation lawyer is a smart idea. Accident Advice Helpline could assist with this, so call us today on 0800 689 0500 to see whether our lawyers could support you through the process of making a no win, no fee* claim.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead