Even the most experienced drivers can become nervous and stressed out when navigating the roads in a heavy downpour.
Despite your concerns, there are steps you can take to maintain a high level of safety when driving in the rain. Do the following:
- Slow down: Even if you don’t do anything else, this one adjustment can save you from trouble. Depending on how slow you’re driving and the amount of traffic you’re in, you may want to use your hazard lights to warn others of your speed.
- Keep two hands on the wheel: If you hit standing water, you may begin to feel that you’re losing control of your vehicle. With two hands on the wheel, it’s easier to maintain stability.
- Use your headlights: There are two reasons why this is important. First off, it allows you to more clearly see where you are going. Also, it makes you more visible to other drivers, which reduces the risk of an accident.
If you’re still not comfortable driving in the rain, don’t hesitate to pull over and wait for the bad weather to pass. It may sound excessive, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Should another driver neglect to take these steps, they could cause an accident in which you suffer a serious injury. If that happens, the only thing on your mind should be your health and receiving the proper treatment as quickly as possible.
Once your health is stable, you can then contact your insurance agent, learn more about the cause of the crash and take the steps necessary to protect your legal rights.