Many a Nuneaton and Bedworth car accident take place when it rains, especially if it rains after a prolonged dry period (not that we get many of those here in the good old UK!). When this happens, the road surface can be particularly treacherous because the rain refreshes any oil and petrol spillages, making the road particularly greasy. But even regular spells of rain create additional hazards for driving, because the rainwater itself makes the road surface much more slippery, and it also reduces visibility.
Mechanical faults that increase the hazard of driving in rain
There are other hazards of a mechanical nature, too, which also make rainy conditions more hazardous for driving. These include:
- Faulty windscreen wipers;
- Faulty brakes;
- Tyres without sufficient tread; and
- Lack of proper windscreen washer fluid.
Keeping your field of vision clear is essential
Having clear vision is essential. Over 90% of the decisions drivers make are based on things perceived by eyesight, so any lessening of visibility creates a serious hazard. One of the first things any driver should do when it begins to rain is reduce their speed. The faster you drive, the faster the rain hits the windscreen, and if you’re travelling down the motorway at top speed, a sudden shower can suddenly reduce visibility by as much as 60% to 70% (or even more if the rain is torrential).
Tips for motorway driving in the rain
The spray thrown up on motorways provides a real danger, and further lessens visibility. Here are a few tips for driving on the motorway in rainy conditions:
- Slow down! Slowing down is crucial, but must be done sensibly to avoid either losing control of the vehicle, or increasing the danger of somebody driving into the back of you.
- Be seen! You should also immediately switch on your headlights as this will enable other drivers to see you through the spray.
- Take notice! The electronic signs above motorways now warn you about rain and recommend safe speed limits to negotiate the hazard. Some drivers, however, do not take any notice of the signs until they actually meet the rain head-on. This is reckless and can easily cause an accident. Even if the hazard is not immediately encountered, drivers should take notice and be guided by the signs.
The benefits of using Accident Advice Helpline for your Nuneaton and Bedworth car accident injury
If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own in a Nuneaton and Bedworth car accident, because another driver was driving inappropriately in the rain, you will be well within your rights to apply for compensation for your injury. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are ready and waiting to help. As one of the country’s leading personal injury claim solicitors, when you work with us you will benefit from:
- Our no win no fee personal injury claim process;
- Use of our 30-second online compensation calculator;
- Our unrivalled customer support service, wholeheartedly recommended by Dame Esther Rantzen; and
- Use of our 24/7 helpline: 0800 689 0500 from landlines, or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: 27th June 2014