Are you aware that the most dangerous time to drive is immediately after it starts raining? The first few moments of a rainstorm pose an increased risk to drivers. And it’s not because of decreased visibility if that’s what you were thinking. Roadways are subject to build up from hazardous materials left behind by vehicles. During a dry spell oil and grease from car engines is built up on the roadway. In the first moments of a rainstorm, this slippery mixture is brought to the surface, creating a higher risk of skidding or spinning out. These factors, coupled with the general dangers to visibility that a rainstorm creates, can put drivers at a higher risk of getting into an accident.
If these conditions arise, you should keep in mind a few tips to stay safe. To avoid skidding or hydroplaning, you want to ensure that your tires have a solid amount of traction to the road. When driving in these conditions, avoid sharp or quick turns, and brake slowly. The most important step you can take to prevent accidents in these conditions is to drive slowly. Of course even if you take these precautions, accidents can still occur. If you are in an accident that has resulted in an injury, contact Briones Law Group. We can use our expertise to help you.