What do you prefer to do on a rainy day? Do you like to curl up for a cozy day inside? Maybe you break open a “rainy day savings” piggy bank and shop online? At the very least, you might consider getting out your cute rain boots before heading out for the day.
Whether you find it unfortunate or not, life doesn’t pause for poor weather conditions. Moreover, inclement weather conditions like rain can increase danger and chances of personal injury. That is why our Tennessee car accident attorneys want to make sure you are prepared for the worst. Check out these seven rainy day driving tips (plus one bonus tip!) to avoid suffering from a personal injury on rain slicked Nashville roads.
1. Maintain Your Vehicle Year Round
A safe drive requires the right equipment. Worn-out tires, bad brakes, and old wipers won’t do you any good when the rain hits.
- Start with tires that have good treads; tire treads of less than 3/32” won’t grip the road properly and can create unsafe driving conditions. The need for good tire treads becomes especially important during inclement weather conditions when roads can be slick with oil, dirt, or ice.
- Regularly check your brakes. When they wear down, replace them. Your new brakes will be safer and more reliable at stopping your vehicle.
- Finally, replace cracked or hardened wipers. Poor quality blades may not effectively clear your windshield and may even detach. Fresh wipers will clear your windshield adequately helping improve visibility.
2. Brighten Up the Place
Often, rainy days come with limited visibility. Combat this by using your headlights, no matter the time of day. Not only will they help you see, but they will help other drivers see you. It is also against the law in Tennessee to drive without the use of headlights during rain, mist, or other types of precipitation. Failure to do so could result in a Class C misdemeanor ticket under section § 55-9-406.
3. Focus on the Road
Many drivers go on autopilot when they get behind the wheel. However, you should always stay focused, present, and alert as you drive to avoid road hazards. If you’re not you may miss an unexpected tree branch or large rocks that get washed onto a familiar road. Therefore, by focusing you will notice these dangers and act accordingly.
4. Add Extra Time to Reach Your Destination
When poor conditions are present on the roadways, delays can occur. These delays may be anything from overly cautious drivers to multiple vehicle accidents. So, before leaving for your regular routine, plan to add some extra travel time. By planning ahead, you take the pressure off yourself to rush through potentially dangerous situations. Plus, your boss will be happy you got to work on time.
5. Don’t Go Swimming
Rain can cause puddles, washouts, and even floods. To avoid these scenarios, pay attention to how the roads look and how your vehicle feels. Try to ride in a center lane, where it is less likely water will accumulate. Also, if an area floods, do not enter it. Finally, watch for hydroplaning conditions.
Hydroplaning occurs when you lose control of your vehicle due to water under your tires. Avoid hydroplaning by driving slowly and keeping a straight driving path. Do not over correct while steering or frantically turn your wheel the opposite direction of your slide. This will only make it worse.
Our Tennessee car accident attorneys often see accidents caused by one vehicle hydroplaning into another. If you suffer an injury in a hydroplaning accident, reach out to Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys.
6. Stay Clear of Large Vehicles
Buses, semis, and other large vehicles can pose a threat during bad weather conditions. To begin with, their larger blind spots make visibility even more difficult for their drivers. Also, their weight may cause large splashes and spray onto your vehicle. Finally, these vehicles take much longer to stop than a smaller vehicle.
So, how can you safely share the road? Keep your distance from these vehicles if possible, and try to avoid their blind spots. Most importantly, never merge unexpectedly in front of them. They will not be able to stop before hitting your car.
7. Drive Actively
Finally, use these active driving techniques. By doing so, you will put into practice skills needed to ensure a safer driving experience.
- Use your brakes earlier. Slick surfaces may require a longer distance for you to reach a full stop.
- Turn off cruise control. If you hydroplane, cruise control may make you lose control or make it more difficult to recover control.
- Keep your distance. In bad conditions, other vehicles are more likely to spin out into your path and crash into your vehicle.
- Don’t tailgate. Again, you may need more space for a full stop. If the vehicle you’re tailgating stops, it’s likely you will rear-end them.
- Slow down and use patience.
- If visibility drops/winds are too strong, pull off to the side of the road. Wait for the worst of the storm to pass you, then re-enter the roadways.
- Merge carefully, especially in front of larger vehicles. Use your turn signals and give those around you time to slow down for your entry.
If you are hit in a wreck and injured on watery Nashville roads, contact our Tennessee car accident attorneys today at (615) 333-8888.
BONUS #8: Why You Should Call Lerner and Rowe
At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, we handle all kinds of accident cases, including car and/or truck accidents. Our legal team is also patient and will provide answers to any questions you may have about the different aspects of your personal injury case. Additionally, when you contact us, you can feel confident that our knowledgeable Tennessee car accident attorneys will support you every step of the way. For a free consultation, reach out to us by phone or use our LiveChat feature.
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