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Slow Down During Wet Driving Conditions


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8/27/2015
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We can all agree it has been a little bit wet in the Kansas City Metro this year. We have seen a spike in accidents along with that. A few weeks ago the KCPD released its Top 10 Dangerous Intersections. A few of these accidents may have occurred due to wet road conditions. Let’s look at a few tips to be safe on the road while driving on wet roads.

What should you do if your car begins to skid?

If your car starts to skid, do not slam on the brakes. This could cause your wheels to lock and make the situation far worse. The best thing to do in this situation is to steer straight until the car regains traction.

What do I do if my car starts to hydroplane?

At 35mph your car can start to hydroplane. Hydroplaning is when all four wheels lose contact with the road. Do not brake abruptly if this happens. It will cause you to lose control quickly. The best thing to do in this situation is to steer straight until the car regains traction with the road.

Turn around don’t drown.

When approaching an area that is completely covered by water, do not cross. If you cannot see the bottom your car could be taken away from the flooding waterway. If you come up to an area that you cannot see the bottom, turn around and find an alternative route.

Be visible.

Even when you can see the road perfectly fine doesn’t mean that others can see you. Most modern cars have daylight features to the headlights. Use that safety feature to help ensure that others can see you.

Maintain a safe distance while driving.

When driving behind someone it is a good rule of thumb to use the three second rule. Make sure your vehicle is three seconds behind the car in front of you. Find a streetlight or an object to count your amount of time. If you are three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you, it can help your reaction time and reduce collisions.

Be ready for wet weather

Check your windshield wipers to make sure they do not streak when they go across your windshield. This can make your line of sight very difficult while driving.

Slow down

Driving in wet weather can present many challenges. Increasing your speed can increase your odds of a car accident. Plan a slower route on your commute. If you come across a water puddle on the road lightly pump your brakes to help them dry off a little.

 

Remember to always be aware of road conditions to prepare you for a safe commute. If you get in an accident, seek medical attention immediately if you are injured. After that, call Castle Law Office at 816-842-7100 to speak with an attorney. Or you can email us and schedule your free consultation



Category: Car Accidents

Jason C. Amerine
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President and Owner, Castle Law Office of Kansas City

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