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3 tips for safe driving in a spring rainstorm

Spring often brings rain to the area, which can impact your life in many ways. This is particularly true if you find yourself driving when weather conditions take a turn for the worse.

Here are three easy-to-follow tips for safer driving in spring rainstorms:

  • Slow down and take your time. This is the first thing you should do, as slowing down reduces the likelihood of hydroplaning and causing an accident.
  • Use your headlights. Even if it's during the daytime hours, using your headlights can help you see the road ahead. It also makes it easier for other vehicles to spot you from a distance.
  • Leave more space. The more following space you leave between your car and the vehicle ahead, the more time you have to stop. This is important in slick conditions, as it can take longer to stop your vehicle.

Also, make sure your car is prepared for wet weather. For example, swap out your old windshield wipers for new ones and check the condition of your tires. If you don't have much tread on your tires, it's more difficult to maintain traction on wet roads.

Following these tips will give you peace of mind, but they can't protect you against negligent drivers. If another person causes a motor vehicle accident, do the following:

  • Move out of the flow of traffic
  • Call 911
  • Check yourself and your passengers for injuries
  • Administer first aid
  • Gather evidence

By taking these steps, you may find it easier to file an insurance claim and seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.

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