Wet weather driving can often lead to accidents that result in greater damage to your car, inflict much more severe injuries on the people involved and end up in court arguing over who did the wrong thing. If this has already happened to you due to wet weather or poor road conditions, you might be entitled to some compensation. If so, take advice from legal experts that specialise in traffic law such as Turner Freeman – you can visit their site at http://www.tfqlawyers.com.au/ for more information.
Of course, the best course of action is to take precautions to ensure you take the weather into account before you hit the road in the first place. This can sometimes be easier said than done, as even the most confident and competent of drivers can make a mistake when the roads are wet and slippery. In addition, manoeuvres on the road that you undertake every day in fine weather could be very dangerous with falling rain and low visibility. Here are a few things to remember to stay safe while driving in wet conditions.
Keep An Eye Out For Hazards
Rain affects people in in different ways. Some drivers cannot handle the changed conditions and make mistakes they wouldn’t ordinarily make, while pedestrians can pay less attention as they dash around traffic to get out of the rain. Be alert and try to anticipate the moves of those around you. Don’t get caught out by not noticing changed conditions until it is too late.
Slow Down And Brake Earlier
It seems obvious, but few people drive to the conditions. Just because the road sign says it is okay to drive at 100km/h, it doesn’t mean that this is a safe speed in all conditions. Often if the road feels a little wet, slippery and unsafe, it’s a sure bet it is. Roads are not built perfectly flat and can form puddles. If you hit one of these at speed, especially when you are braking, you’re going to find yourself in a lot of trouble. It’s also good to remember that the slickness on the road can make it harder for your tyres to grip and, as a result, it’s much more difficult to stop your car. Slow down and give yourself a little extra time and space to stop.
Leave Home Earlier
Now that we’ve accepted we can’t travel at the same speeds in the rain, don’t forget to allow a little additional time to get to your destination. Wet weather makes everybody else drive a little slower – or it should – and as a result, a trip that normally takes half an hour could take 10 minutes longer. Running late makes you take unnecessary risks to make up time. Leave earlier to allow for delays from slow traffic, congestion and possible road closures.
It can sometimes be difficult to see oncoming cars in wet weather due to low light and less than clear windscreens. A good assumption is: the heavier the rain, the more difficult for other drivers to see you. If the rain is causing you visibility problems, flick on the headlights as an additional safety measure.
Driving in wet weather can be more difficult and dangerous, but it doesn’t have to be. Use a bit of common sense, take precautions and try to anticipate the mistakes of others and you should reach your destination in one piece.