Spring in Massachusetts can be unpredictable. We tend to see a lot of rainy days which can be hard to drive on the road at times because we’re not used to the amount of the rain. That being said, as drivers, we should do our best for ourselves and others on the road, and stay cautious at all times. Here are five things you should avoid while driving in the rain.
- Stay Away From Sides Of Roads: Roads are constructed so that the highest point is in the middle. While it may not be a significant difference, this does cause for water to drain towards the edges of the road. Standing water can be dangerous while driving in the rain which means staying towards the center of the road will keep you safest.
- Keep Your Headlights On But Not Too Bright: Headlights believe it or not are not only used for our benefit. They are extremely beneficial to other drivers as it helps them see us. In harder conditions of a rainstorm, headlights help everyone stay aware of there surroundings.
- Stop Driving If You Can’t See: If you’ve ever driven in a rainstorm to the point where it is coming down so hard, you can see then you should not be driving. It may be a no-brainer, but people continue to drive in these situations. As soon as possible, pull off the road when safe.
- Stay Away From Flooded Areas: If you notice water flowing across the street from one side to the other, don’t try and cross. People continue to get swept away by stronger and deeper water then they have anticipated.
- Slow Down: While possibly the most obvious of them all is to slow down when driving. Drive well under speed limits, as one of the worst dangers of driving fast in rainy conditions is hydroplaning.
We can only do our best and take proper cautions when driving on the road. If you’ve recently been in a car accident, please get in touch and allow us to evaluate your car so we can get it back on the road again!