Better late than never seems like the appropriate way to think this year of the arrival of spring. After what felt like a much too long winter-spring is finally here! Although much focus is put on the hazards of winter driving, the spring season has its own unique challenges. Spring is the time of year when many parts of the country experience heavy amounts of rain. Auto club, AAA estimates that more than 1 million automobile accidents each year can be attributed to wet weather conditions. Before heading out into the rain, make sure you grab your umbrella and review the following tips for safely navigating wet roadways:
- Roadways can be as dangerous wet as snow covered: Unlike snow and ice covered roads that appear dangerous-wet roadways at first glance do not look treacherous. As such many motorists fail to adjust their driving practices to match the poor weather conditions, which result in crashes. Remember that wet roadways pose hazards and motorists need to exercise caution.
- Slow down: Spring storms are known for sudden down pours. These quick and intense storms can leave roadways partially flooded or with areas of high standing water. By reducing his or her speed, a motorist can better see water hazards. The reduced speed will also help the vehicle better grip the roadway.
- Hydroplaning 101: If you are traveling too fast for the wet road conditions your vehicle may hydroplane. If you find yourself hydroplaning do not panic. The best thing you can do is to hold the steering wheel steady and slowly release your foot from the accelerator. You also want to stay off the brakes. Sudden breaking or cranking on the steering wheel will only make the situation worse.
- Be smooth: When it is pouring outside, your vehicle's tires can move approximately one gallon of water per second. Therefore, it is important to navigate with not only a cool head but also a smooth touch. Sudden or jerking movements can cause a motorist to lose control of his or her vehicle. If you need to change lanes, do so as smoothly as possible, easing your way from one lane to the other. The same advice also applies to turning. When making a turn, slow down, to avoid making too sharp of a turn.
- Make sure that you can see: It may sound obvious, but wet weather can impair your ability to see the road. Therefore, it is vital that you do everything possible to make sure that you can see clearly. Lights and windshield wipers should be checked regularly. If your wipers are leaving streaks, it is time to have them replaced.
- Check your tires: Quality tires are key when it comes to preventing wet weather related accidents. Check that your tires have the proper amount of tread. One trick is to place a new penny in between the grooves of a tire in several places. If Lincoln's head is covered then there is at least the minimum amount of tread required by law. You also want to check your tire pressure. Tires that have too much or too little pressure can lead to reduced traction.
If you or a loved were involved in a serious automobile accident, a Kansas Personal Injury Attorney can determine whether compensation is due for the injuries sustained in the accident. The Hyland Law Firm has assisted numerous accident victims obtain financial compensation for their suffering and medical expenses. Seasoned Kanas Personal Injury Attorney Charles Hyland, knows the devastating financial effects can have on a person. I invite you to contact The Hyland Law Firm today at (913) 498-1911 to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation. At the Hyland Law Firm we pride ourselves on providing exceptional legal services to the greater Kansas City Metro area.