Driving Safely During a Rainy Spring

Through the first half of 2013, it has been wet and rainy in Illinois.  Up to the end of June, there has been a record setting 28.46 inches of rain.  To contrast, this is more than the precipitation the fell throughout the entire year of 2012.  While this is good news for the crops, it is not good news for commuters.

Rain can make roads very treacherous to navigate, especially because people don't know how to drive safely in adverse weather.  While rain is not the leading cause of car accidents, it does have a variety of effects on the conditions of roads.  It increases the time needed for braking because the water decreases friction, especially if oil and grease slicks up the road.  It also makes it more difficult to see other cars and hazards on the motorways.

Following some tips will ensure your safety on the road.

  • Keep your hands on wheel and limit your distractions
  • Leave extra time to get to your destination so that you do not have to speed
  • Remain in the middle of the road to avoid treacherous puddles
  • Increase the follow distance and brake slower to avoid accidents with cars in front of you and behind
  • In Illinois it is a law, but make sure that your headlights are on when operating your wiper blades
  • If your car starts to hydroplane, lay off the gas pedal but remain going in the same direction
  • If the conditions worsen, pull over to the side of the road until it is safe to drive again.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released annual averages of car crashes based on 14 years of information.  Based on that data, 24 percent of accidents are caused by weather conditions.  Each year, an average of 7,400 people are killed in car crashes and another 670,000 are injured.  Don't be a statistic, but instead focus on driving safely in all road conditions.  If you are ever injured by the negligence of another driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Hinsdale to receive damages for your injuries.
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