Suppose it's your teenager's first time driving in the rain… you being a responsible adult probably know all the safety tips for driving in the rain, but does your teenager know? Of course we all want our teenagers to obey every law when it comes to driving, but most importantly we want them to be safe when driving, especially when it's raining.
First Tip…Let Your Kids Know How Dangerous It Is
Have you driven with your teenager in the rain? Would you drive with your teenager in the rain? So, what do you tell them? What do they tell you? Yes, it's time for you to have a “Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain” discussion. It will refresh your knowledge, as well as, inform your child of some very important facts.
- There are approximately 5.7 million accidents a year
- 22% of these accidents are weather-related
- 46% of these weather-related accidents are during rainfall
Now that you know the facts, let's get back to the truth. Ask yourself and your teenager these questions when it comes to driving in the rain:
- Do you turn on your headlights when it's raining (low-beam NOT high-beam)?
- How often do you check the tread on your tires?
- Do you drive 5 – 10 miles slower than the suggested speed limit?
- Is it always necessary to drive in the rain or could you stay home?
These questions will likely make you think twice about your actions when you're driving in the rain. Let's be honest, 9 times out of 10 you neither your teenager adhere to ALL of the questions that were just asked.
So, how can you help yourself and your family do better? Lead by example and adhere to all the safety tips that are described below.
Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain
- Drive slow: California DMV website suggests driving 5-10 miles slower than the suggested speed or drive less than 50 MPH
- Turn on your windshield wipers: you usually can't see more than 100ft ahead in heavy rain
- Drive toward the middle lanes:com states water pools in outside lanes making it more dangerous
- Maintain proper following distance; or more distance than usual during heavy rain
- Be alert: turn on low-beam headlights; put the cell phone away; turn off the radio
- Maintain tires: check the tread on your tires periodically; less tread makes your risk for weather-related accident's higher
- Stay home if possible
Now, ask yourself and your teenager; what are the risks when you do not adhere to all or most of these safety tips? Answer: Hydroplaning, causing harm to yourself, causing harm to others, and possibly causing a fatal accident. Now there's a word your teenager may not have heard before…hydroplaning.
What is hydroplaning?
According to smartmotorist.com hydroplaning occurs when water accumulates on the roadway and your vehicle rides on top of the water like a water ski, causing you to loose control of the vehicle. When this happens, DO NOT USE THE BRAKES! It only makes things worse.
So, what do you do when you get in a car accident whether weather-related or not? First, move your vehicle to the shoulder or to a safe place on the road, and then call the police. After everyone's safety is taken care of, protecting the future well-being of yourself and your family should also be a priority.
Assistance With Rain-Related Collisions
When a collision occurs while it is raining, it can be especially difficult for law enforcement to determine which party was at fault. For those that suffer serious injuries as a result of these collisions, this can become a huge problem. Car accident victims have the right to be compensated for the damages that they have sustained when a car accident is not their fault.
If you or your family member have been injured in a collision, speaking with a car accident attorney in your area will help you to get information you need to make informed decisions moving forward. Those who would like to obtain a free consultation from Timothy J. Ryan & Associates may do so by calling (800) 838-6644 or visiting our car accident page. Timothy J. Ryan has been assisting injury victims for more than 34 years and has helped to recover over $1 billion.