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Driving in the Rain in California

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How Californians Should Drive in the Rain

Rain is the bane of most Californian drivers, who are used to perpetually sunny weather and dry road conditions. It may not come around here often, but when it does, it usually causes a lot of car accidents, especially in dense metropolitan areas like San Diego and Los Angeles. The problem is that SoCal motorists aren’t able to adapt to rain precisely because of its infrequency, and therefore must regularly give themselves a refresher on how to drive safely in rain.

The Answer Is Always Moderation

In rainy weather, there are two types of drivers who post a danger to themselves and others: excessively timid drivers and reckless drivers.

It’s a rule of thumb to drive slower than you usually do in the rain. Excessively timid drivers take this to the extreme and drive at unreasonably low speeds out of fear, causing traffic to back up and increasing the risk of a rear-end collision.

Reckless drivers, on the other hand, completely disregard the effects of the weather and drive at full speed or even faster, even when visibility is low and/or the roads are drenched. They put themselves at great risk of skidding and losing control of their vehicle, or not being able to stop in time for traffic.

How to Drive Safely in the Rain

It is perfectly possible to drive in the rain without incident. You just have to be smart and cautious about it. Here are some of the most essential tips on driving safely in the rain:

  • If you can postpone your trip or commute, wait until the rain stops before driving. Why put yourself at risk unless it’s absolutely necessary?
  • Before you set off, inspect your vehicle and make sure everything is functional. Check your headlights, tail lights, tires, and windshield wipers.
  • Slow down. Not only does driving slower improve your tire traction, but it also allows you more time to brake.
  • Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. This way, you will have more time and distance to brake if the vehicle stops suddenly.
  • Brake smoothly and progressively. Slamming on your brakes will cause your car to skid and possibly lose control.
  • Watch out for standing water. If you can’t tell how deep a large puddle is, either go around it or turn around and find an alternative route. Submerging your engine in deep water can screw it up completely, rendering your car a lemon.
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In Case of a Crash, Call Wilshire Law Firm

You can follow all the safety tips to a T and still get into an accident because of another bad driver. When this occurs, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm for immediate legal assistance. We can help you get full and fair compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Our number is 1-800-52-CRASH. We offer FREE consultations.

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