Central Coast Car Accidents During Poor Weather
KSYB News Channel Six recently did a report on the importance of safe driving behaviors during rainy weather. Although it’s not very common, the Central Coast does have occasion to get very heavy rain, and drivers need to be prepared to navigate roadways safely. We have seen a variety of crashes caused over the past few days due to motorists driving too fast for conditions or simply not taking basic precautions when driving in the rain.
Allow For Extra Time
One of the most important things about driving in poor weather conditions is allowing for extra time to get to your destination. When roadways are wet and rain is impacting visibility, you have to slow down. Don’t think that because you’re going the speed limit that you’re not driving too fast. In certain weather conditions, even the speed limit can be too fast for roadway conditions. Drivers must always adjust their speed to the conditions of the roadway.
Are You Tires Safe?
Take a tip from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and get TireWise. Your tires should always have appropriate tread depth, even wear, and accurate inflation before hitting the roadway. Tread depth and wear become even more important in bad weather, because it only takes 1/12th of an inch of rain at 35 miles per hour for a vehicle to hydroplane. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of checking your tire’s air pressure about once a month. This is also a good time to do a quick visual inspection of the tires, in case you’re having any issues associated with uneven tread wear.
Central Coast Car Accident Attorneys
Finally, if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights need to be on. It’s a California State law. Make sure your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals are always in perfect working order. These lights are essential for improving visibility for other drivers on the road during bad weather.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident during poor weather conditions in or around the Central Coast or San Diego areas, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.