The end of summer means the start of hurricane season. In Aiken, these storms may not affect us the same way as they do coastal cities, but there is still a strong potential for heavy rain and flooding. To protect yourself and to reduce the risks for car accidents and injuries, we have collected some tips for driving in rain and hurricane conditions.
Rainy, Wet Conditions Increase Car Accident Risks
While many people move to Aiken and the surrounding areas to avoid harsh northern winters, our active hurricane season often takes them by surprise. While ice and snow make driving treacherous and increase car accident risks, they pale in comparison compared to the dangers of driving in wet, rainy, windy conditions.
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), adverse weather accounts for more than 20 percent of the estimated six million car crashes and collisions that occur on U.S. roads each year. Of these, more than half are due to rain and wet weather. Damp roads, blinding rain, and the chance for flooding are a common concern for drivers in and around Aiken. Common driving impacts that result and increase the risk of car accidents include:
Increased glare due to headlights, street lamps, and traffic signals
Poor visibility, making it more difficult to see street signs and lane markings
Reduced tire traction, making dangerous skids more likely, particularly when navigating curves
Reduced brake functioning, which makes you less likely to be able to respond to unexpected events and sudden changes in traffic
Safety Tips For Driving During Hurricane Season
Whether the area is under a hurricane warning or simply experiencing heavy downfalls, it is important for drivers to use additional caution when heading out on the roads. Take a look at these crucial tips for driving in rain and hurricane conditions:
Before heading out, check the weather forecast
If you must travel, try to do so during the day and allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Be aware that bridges are often more slippery when wet
Low-level areas are vulnerable to flooding—your car can easily get swept away in as little as a foot or two of water
Be prepared to travel below the speed limit on local roads and highways
Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times
Try to stick with roads you are familiar with
Keep your lights on but avoid using high beams, which only increase glare for you and other drivers
If you end up going into a skid or hydroplaning, try to remain calm and steer in the direction you want your vehicle to go in
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When car crashes and collisions do occur, reach out the Surasky Law Firm, LLC. We are a strong ally on your side, helping you get the compensation you need to recover. To request a consultation, call or contact our Aiken car accident attorney today.