With a new barrage of storms coming to San Diego County, it’s more important than ever to be aware of your surroundings, especially when driving on our freeways. The roads can become slick, flooding can occur, and many driving hazards can be less visible in the rain. Many storms here have created a number of car and truck accidents that could have been prevented. Make sure you are driving the speed limit and scanning your surroundings for road hazards and other drivers. Check the road conditions on your phone or computer before leaving to see if you can avoid road closures and areas that are already backed up with traffic.
Tips for Driving in the Rain:
If you’re driving in or through an area with heavy winds, try to anticipate gusts, taking special care. Keep both hands on the wheel in case you need better control of your car against driving winds, especially if you’re driving a large vehicle or trailer. Also, take notice of larger vehicles like big rigs, RVs, and large SUVs. They are more susceptible to winds and may need more space to gain control of their vehicle if something goes wrong.
If you need to drive through heavy rain, make sure to take your time. Oils on the roadway can make for slick conditions and it is easier at this time to lose control of your car. Reduced speeds will also help prevent your car from hydroplaning. Give other vehicles more space by adding about 2 seconds following time. This will help give you more time to react to traffic and accidents if they happen in front of you. Lastly, Make sure your headlights are on. If you need to use your windshield wipers to see, California law requires that you also turn on your headlights for better visibility.
Car accidents can have a high rate of injury, causing brain damage, whiplash, broken bones, even death. We hope you stay safe on the roads this season, but if you are injured in a car, motorcycle, or truck accident, give us a call today and speak with one of our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation so we can help you get the best results on your road to recovery.