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10 Reminders for Safe Driving in Heavy Rain

Jason Reese

Rain Remains Deadly Driving Hazard

Heavy rain events often trigger traffic collisions and major accidents caused by wet roads and limited visibility. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) reports 73 percent of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and nearly half of those during a rainfall. Drenched roads are especially common during Indiana’s warmer months when Hoosier drivers battle precipitation levels between 3.5-4.2 inches per month but flooding, including flash flooding, can happen anywhere in the United States and during every season. Unexpected storms and rainfalls can occur well into the cooler fall months when tropical depressions often head towards the Midwest and bring downpours and flooding that put drivers at risk of a road accident and serious injury.

10 Reminders for Driving in Heavy Rain

Many drivers will find themselves in a situation when the rain suddenly hits, and visibility lessens while sharing the road with others driving at a high speed. Drivers need to quickly adapt to the weather changes to stay safe. While most experts will suggest for drivers to pull over and wait it out in a safe location, some drivers may be forced to drive through rainfalls. These drivers should follow these wet weather driving reminders provided by Wagner Reese’s car accident injury attorneys.

  1. Make sure you are seen, and your headlights are on.
  2. Disable cruise control to reduce your risk of hydroplaning.
  3. Expect it to get worse before it gets better.
  4. Drive slowly and steadily, while paying close attention to your surroundings.
  5. Avoid making any sudden turns or lane changes.
  6. Watch for larger vehicles that could trap or crash into you if you’re in their path.
  7. Give vehicles ahead of you extra space and more time for you to react.
  8. Hold on to the wheel. Wind, water or gusts from vehicles traveling faster than you may alter your path.
  9. Avoid driving distracted by your phone, listening to weather alerts, or in-car technologies that may have been activated by road conditions.
  10. Always ensure your vehicle is working, including windshield wipers and lights before you leave home.

Every Driver Needs to Know How to Navigate a Flooded Road

If you are not able to turn your vehicle around and you have no other choice but to drive through standing water or suddenly find yourself in unexpected water, do your best to estimate the depth and its movement. A driver can lose control with as little as three inches of water on the road but if when forced to drive through it:

  • Drive slowly and steadily, while paying close attention to your surroundings.
  • Watch for items traveling downstream, like other vehicles or debris that could trap or crash into you if you’re in their path.
  • Your engine may fail, and you may become trapped in rising water. At this point, open the door or roll down the window to get out.

Once you have cleared the flooded roadway, your vehicle’s brakes may be too wet and not able to stop as they should. Once out of the water, dry brakes by pressing gently on the pedal with your left foot while maintaining speed with your right foot. Even if you think you are safe, be prepared to call 911 for help if you feel uneasy and get the attention of other drivers so people know your location and that you need assistance.

Indiana Drivers Need to Make Smart Decisions When Driving on Wet Roads

If tragedy strikes and you or someone you love is injured in a wet weather or flood related driving accident, please call the vehicular accident attorneys at Wagner Reese for a free consultation. We put decades of experience to work for you, and we won’t collect any fees unless your case is settled or won.

Connect with us by submitting our online form and our attorneys will review your information and respond promptly. If you wish to speak with us, please call (888) 204-8440.

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