It is often said that “April showers bring May flowers,” but spring rain could also bring an increased risk of car accidents this month. If you and are heading out on a road trip or will just be driving around Knoxville, it is very likely that you will have to drive in some rainy, stormy weather.
It is important to understand that driving behaviors should change depending on road conditions. People typically realize this when it comes to icy or snowy weather, but the same holds true in rainy weather as well. In order to stay safe this season and hopefully avoid a serious car crash, we have some tips for drivers to keep in mind this month.
As discussed in this article, there are certain things you should definitely do when driving in the rain.
- Do make sure your headlights are on
- Do use windshield wipers appropriately
- Do keep an eye out for potholes and other road hazards that can be difficult to see in poor visibility
- Do maintain a speed appropriate for road conditions
- Do use caution when driving through large amounts of water, as they can be deeper than you may think
There are also things you definitely should not do in rainy conditions. For instance:
- Don’t drive on bald, poorly inflated tires
- Don’t panic if you start hydroplaning, just keep steering in the direction in which you are trying to go
- Don’t follow other vehicles too closely
- Don’t take unnecessary risks: if you are scared or too nervous to be driving, consider pulling over and waiting for the weather to clear up
Unfortunately, not all drivers on the road will observe these suggestions and continue to drive as they would in ideal conditions. This can prove to be a devastating decision if they cause a serious accident.
In the event of a crash, it is important for drivers to pull over, exchange contact information, call the police and seek medical attention. After that, consulting an attorney can be wise for anyone who wants to explore their legal options for pursuing a personal injury claim.