Springtime often means wet weather. Great for plants, but not as good if you’re trying to prevent New Haven auto accidents.
There are a couple of reasons why. First, roads get slicker in the rain. Oils and grime build up on the roads during dry days. As temperatures rise, these turn to liquids that then pool up when the rain starts, thereby making the roads more slippery. Second, as the rain continues, puddles become a problem. Driving through a big puddle can cause your brakes to get wet, making them less effective, or can lead to hydroplaning which means that your tires lose contact with the road.
So how can drivers avoid Connecticut auto accidents when the raindrops start falling this spring? Heed the following:
- Use your judgement. Don’t be afraid to wait out the storm. Let the water subside from the roads before you head out. And, keep an eye on new drivers so that they don’t get caught unprepared during storms.
- Use your tools. You should always have your headlights and windshield wipers on during a storm. These let other cars see you better and clear your view while driving.
- Keep your distance. Even if you’ve driven the same car a thousand times and trust in its breaking, you can’t know for sure what will happen in the rain. Stay back from other cars just in case your brakes get wet and become less effective than normal.
- Avoid the puddles. As we mentioned, puddles can cause trouble. It’s best to just steer around them if you can. If you can’t, go slowly. Don’t brake hard. And, when you exit the puddle, tap your brakes lightly a couple of times to make sure they are still working well.
Of course, there are times when you simply can’t avoid heading out during a rainstorm. If you must, do so with caution. At LoRicco Law Firm, your safety and well-being are our primary concerns, so drive safely.
However, if you do have an auto accident in Connecticut, give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss your case.