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DRIVING IN THE RAIN – ACCIDENT PREVENTION TIPS

IN MIAMI, THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM INFORMS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER VEHICLE MAINTENANCE WHEN DRIVING IN THE RAIN

SLIPPERY WHEN WET

rain-drops-on-car-glass-1555448-300x225Car accidents in Miami are more likely to occur when drivers take to avenues and roadways which lend themselves to greater speeds. These greater speeds increase the chances of suffering more severe personal injuries from car accidents, and the chances of being involved in a car accident become more probable when your vehicle is not in proper condition. For your vehicle to be considered in proper condition for driving under adverse weather conditions, vehicle owners and operators should verify the quality and functionality of the parts of the vehicle most important when driving in the rain or in a storm.

Vehicle owners and operators should check the following:

Tires: A vehicle’s tires are like the footwear on your feet. When driving in the rain, traction is everything. When your tires are bald or worn-down, you can easily lose control by making a sudden maneuver, which can result in skidding, hydroplaning, or blowouts. When you lose control on a wet surface and at high speed, it’s very likely that your vehicle can slide into another traffic lane and be struck by another vehicle. If another vehicle does not crash into you, your final resting spot can be a light post or a highway divider. Making sure your tires are in good condition will help motorists avoid accidents by being able to control their vehicles through better traction upon having to make sudden lane changes or maneuvers. Check your tires and the tire pressure. Avoid accidents when driving in the rain by making sure your tires are in good shape.

Signs of bad tires:

  • Cracks or cuts in the sidewalls (can result in blowouts which can lead to accidents resulting in severe personal injury)
  • Uneven wear (you should have your alignment checked)
  • Very worn tread (limited traction on wet surfaces – like walking on ice)
  • Bulging or bumps (these can result in a blowout)
  • Vibration while driving (your tires need to be balanced)

In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm urges motorists to check their tires regularly and make sure the tire pressure is correct. Do not drive in the rain with bald tires unless you are prepared for a possible collision.

Brakes: When the brake system on your vehicle doesn’t function properly, damage to your vehicle’s tire may be irreversible. Slamming on the brakes as a result of worn brake pads, rotors, calipers, or other parts, most often lead to tires becoming unbalanced. This will ultimately affect the tires and make them grow old more quickly. But what about bad brakes in the rain? The more worn down your brakes are, the more difficult it is for them to lower the vehicle’s speed and stop suddenly. When your tires are in bad condition, the end result will most often be a collision. Always have your brakes checked and make sure they are working properly. Investing in good brakes may save you thousands in medical expenses after an accident occurs because of not being able to stop in time.

Defrosters: Many motorists neglect their defrosters until they need them when their windshield gets foggy in the rain. Making sure your defrosters function properly is very important for avoiding accidents when driving in adverse weather conditions. Defrosters improve your visibility when looking through the windshield after it starts getting foggy from the humidity. Always make sure they work properly.

Windshield wipers. The wiper motor rarely stops functioning, but the wipers do become worn and dry after time. When they are worn and dry, they will not push rain off your windshield. Thus, your ability to see the road ahead more clearly will diminish and the chances of a collision with a vehicle ahead will increase. Windshield wipers are not expensive and replacing worn wipers can save you a great deal of hardship if you are involved in an accident because you were not able to see a stopped or slowed vehicle ahead. Spend a few bucks and get new wipers.

Headlights, Taillights, and Hazard Lights: Seeing is everything when driving at night or in the rain. If other vehicles can’t see you or you can’t see other vehicles, you have a problem and the chances of being in an accident run high. Making sure your lights work is fundamental for driving at night or in the rain. You need to see what’s ahead of you just as much as other drivers need to see you around them. Make sure all your vehicle’s lights work, these include your brake lights, reverse lights, and hazard lights. Other motorists need to see you behind them and approaching, but they also need to see you in front of them and stopping.

IN MIAMI, THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM’S CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS SHARE THE FOLLOWING ADVICE FOR DRIVING IN THE RAIN:

  1. Make sure to keep both hands on the wheel
  2. Refrain from using your cell phone
  3. Keep ample distance between you and the vehicle in front
  4. Reduce your speed in accordance with the flow of traffic
  5. Keep off flooded roadways to avoid engine failure
  6. Pump your brakes after driving over deep pools of rain
  7. Use the middle lanes if possible since less water gathers there
  8. Use the tracks that other vehicles ahead of you leave behind
  9. Stay clear of larger vehicles such as tractor-trailers or long distances buses. If you must pass them, apply extreme caution
  10. Keep your eyes on the road and watch for slowed or stopped traffic ahead
  11. If moving forward becomes too difficult, pull over onto the shoulder or pull into a gas station

The Perazzo Law Firm urges drivers, as well as passengers, to follow the above advice in order to prevent accidents when driving in the rain.

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