Safe Driving Tips for Driving in Rainy Weather

Published on January 14th, 2020

Winter in San Antonio

Winter in San Antonio can bring lots of rain, and while driving in the rain may not seem terribly dangerous, traffic fatalities increase during poor driving conditions of all types – and rainy conditions are responsible for almost 10% of all accidents that involve injuries.

Slick Roadways

Roads are the slipperiest just after the rain begins because that is when the water mixes with the gas, oil, and other vehicle fluids that have accumulated on the roadway surface since the last rain. Be particularly wary when approaching intersections and as when you apply the brake.

Slick roadways mean we need to pay more attention to traction. Everyone worries about slipping and sliding around on the ice, but did you know hitting a pile of wet leaves or an oil puddle will reduce your traction just as much? Always watch the driving surface and be prepared to slow down if you see a problem up ahead.

Visibility

When driving in the rain, it’s important to optimize visibility. That means changing your wiper blades at least every 6 months and we suggest using a rain repellent such as Rain-X on your windshield. This product will cause the rain to bead up and fly right off your windshield, improving your visibility no matter how hard it’s coming down. One caveat – it needs to be reapplied about once a month.

Other Vehicles

It’s always best to drive slower and keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Try to steer clear of trucks that can splash your windshield, limiting your visibility, and always be aware of other vehicles around you.

San Antonio Accident Lawyer

We hope these tips help keep you safe when you’re driving in the rain. However, sometimes accidents are unavoidable. If you have been involved in an accident and you need to hire a San Antonio truck accident lawyer, reach out to our experienced legal team today.

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