Five Top Tips for Wet Weather Driving
I saw a number of accidents on the roads in and around Norfolk today as drivers seemed to be unable to cope with wet weather and slippery streets.
Storms caused hazardous driving conditions on Thursday morning’s commute and bad weather is forecast to linger until Friday with more scattered showers and even a thunderstorm or two. There will still be chances for a few stray showers or a storm over the weekend.
Rain is not an uncommon occurrence in Hampton Roads but I am always amazed at how many drivers are caught out by slick roads.
A number of accidents were reported on Thursday Chesapeake school bus that slid down an embankment, as it was heading to Grassfield High School. It slid down an embankment on Taft Road.
Chesapeake schools said none of the 12 students on board were injured. All students were transferred to another bus and were taken to school. It’s not clear if this accident was weather related.
In Middlesex County a driver was killed when his car left 693 Town Bridge Road and hit a tree around 11:19 a.m. Once again, it was not clear if bad weather was a factor in this crash.
When the roads are wet and slippery it’s important to take additional precautions so as you don’t end up being involved in an accident that can injure you and other drivers.
Here are five wet weather driving tips to safeguard you and other motorists.
1 – Check and Use Your Lights – If your wipers are on your headlights should be on. Wet weather can impact visibility.
2 – Avoid using cruise control – Your chances of losing control of your car can increase greatly if you are using cruise control. To prevent a loss of traction, a driver should reduce the car’s speed by lifting off the accelerator. This cannot happen if cruise control is engaged.
3 – Slow Down and Leave Room – If there is a lot of standing water on the road, you run the risk of hydroplaning. Drivers should reduce their speed to take account of the amount of how much water is on the roadway. Make sure to leave plenty of distance between yourself and other road users.
4 Avoid Hard Braking – If you slam your foot hard on the brake, the brakes could lock and your car could skid in wet and slippery conditions. If your car starts to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction in which the driver wants the car to go.
5 Respond Properly to a Skid – Even careful drivers can end up in skids. If your car starts to skid, it’s important to not panic and follow these basic steps:
Continue to look and steer in the direction in which the you want your car to go. Avoid slamming on the brakes hard as this will further upset the balance of your car make it harder to control.
If you feel the car begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go. Remember, don’t panic and avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain control.
Drivers who lose control in wet weather may not always be able to avoid an accident. If you are hit and injured by a driver who loses control, you may have grounds to make a claim against that driver’s insurance policy. Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 for help if you have been hurt in a Hampton Roads car crash.