7 Tips for Driving in Rainy Weather

Car and truck accidents become significantly more common during periods of inclement weather. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, each year, 75 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on wet pavement and 47 percent happen during rainfall. 

With the transition from summer to fall weather in the Midwest, driving conditions can change suddenly, requiring extra caution on the road. Tabor Law Firm, LLP focuses our vehicle accident practice on obtaining compensation for injured motorists, passengers and pedestrians. Mindful of the importance of accident avoidance, we offer these reminders to help you prepare for the weather ahead and stay safe on the road.

  1. Regularly check your wipers. Windshield wiper blades should be replaced at least once a year to make sure they stay in good conditions. If your wipers are not effectively cleaning your windshield or leaving streaks behind them, it's time to get replacements.
  2. Check your tires. Tires should be in good condition, having an appropriate amount of tread and no bald spots. They should also have the proper amount of air pressure.
  3. Use your headlights. When it begins to rain, visibility can quickly start to suffer on the road. Make sure you have your headlights on so that other people on the road can more easily see you.
  4. Watch your speed. Refrain from speeding when it's raining.
  5. Apply the brakes when you go into a curve, and if you happen to skid, stay calm and get off the gas, steering in the direction you want to go.
  6. Check your tire tread. Bald tires may feel fine on dry roads but they become unsafe in heavy rain or snow.
  7. Leave plenty of space in front of you. When driving on the freeway, leave more space between you and the other cars, since stopping distance time is, on the average, twice as long in the rain.

These are just a few of the facts to keep in mind as the weather becomes more severe in Indiana. At Tabor Law Firm, our truck and car accident attorneys focus on understanding the causes and effects of accidents to help our clients recover the full compensation they need. If you have been in a car accident in Indiana, or suffered a loss due to one, call (317) 689-0077 to speak with an attorney from the Tabor Law Firm for more information about your legal options.