Spring has arrived! Unfortunately, for those of you who were hoping for the sunshine, El Nino has other things in mind. This spring it is expected to be wetter weather all across the U.S., bringing the potential for dangerous and hazardous road conditions. To prevent any accidents, follow our rainy weather tips to keep you safe this season.
Safety begins with making sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape! When the rainy weather heads our way, it can limit our own and other driver’s visibility. Ensure your vehicle is ready for the wetter conditions by following our maintenance checklist.
- Windshield and windows should always be clean with nothing obstructing the drivers view
- Wear and tear on wiper blades
- Washer fluid levels
- Tire tread
- Turn Signals
- Headlights and Taillights
Lights, NOT Brights
Rainy weather leads to darker conditions, but flipping on your brights has the potential to do more harm than good. Brighter lights reflect off wetter surfaces, bouncing back into our eyes and the eyes of other drivers.
Rainy weather can lead to some unexpected road conditions, it is important that you keep your eyes peeled for any obstructions and to know when it’s unsafe to continue driving. Here are a few tips on what to watch out for and how to keep safe.
- Water covering the markings on the road. You can lose control with only 3in of water.
- Higher water levels can cause your car to stall or carry your car away.
- Flooding of your car can happen in a matter of minutes. If your car stalls in or water begins to take on water immediately abandon.
- Down or low hanging electrical and power lines should be avoided.
- Debris in the road, be careful if swerving out of the way to avoid collisions.
It is important to remember that the roads are most slippery during the beginning of the storm, due to the mix of rain with oil and dirt that has built on the road. To stay safe, give the vehicle in front of you twice as much room and slow down your speed. If rainy conditions become severe, pull over to a safe spot.
Hydroplaning is a very common rainy day accident and it’s important to know how to handle the situation correctly. If you do happen to find yourself hydroplaning keep calm and follow these steps to safely regain traction again.
- Steer in the direction of the skid. (If not it will be more difficult to get back on course, taking multiple attempts)
- Ease off gas
- Push on the brakes; ensure you follow the correct braking procedure for your car.
Automatic: Press firmly, DON’T PUMP Anti-lock: Press lightly Manual: Push in clutch & let your car slow down naturally
Insurance Documents easily accessible
Always remember the importance of carrying your insurance documents, vehicle registration and title on hand. For these wetter times, keep your documents in waterproof bag for safe keeping.
Report Damage Immediately
Ensure you call in your claim as soon as possible and take photos of your vehicle to help with your claim.
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