Winter is not the only season that presents challenges to drivers. Spring weather conditions, like rain and hail, can increase your risk for a New Haven auto accident. The Federal Highway Commission reports that 22% of crashes occur when road conditions are slick. Nearly three-quarters of all weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement, and nearly half take place in the rain.
- When traveling Connecticut roadways in the rain, stay toward the middle lane. Roadways are crowned and water tends to pool in the outer lanes.
- Use headlights in rainy, gloomy, foggy and overcast conditions. Not only will you have greater visibility, but other cars will be able to get a better view of you.
- Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the ground; it could sweep you and your car off the road!
- Don’t tailgate. The spray created by tires, especially those of large trucks and busses, limits your vision. If you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
- Never drive through a large puddle. You will not be able to determine if there is a sink hole beneath the surface.
- Avoid splashing pedestrians.
- Avoid off-road driving. Judging the actual depth of a puddle is challenging and your vehicle could become stuck (even SUVs).
- If you can, avoid using your brakes. If road conditions are wet, applying your brakes could cause your vehicle to hydroplane. Take your foot off of the accelerator to slow down.
If you or a loved one was injured in a crash, the New Haven auto accident attorneys can help you with your claim and defending your rights.