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How to Stay Safe on Rainy Roads

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Wet roads are a bane for drivers. And whether you are handling a commercial vehicle or a family car, you need to make sure you’re fully prepared for rainy days. After all, given the erratic weather we’re experiencing, we have to deal with any sort of eventuality that might happen along the way.

Indeed, anything can happen when you’re traversing wet roads. Minor scratches and a cracked windshield would be the least of your worries. When you are out there in a heavy downpour, the situation on the roads can change in a split second. Along with snow, rain raises the risk of on-road accidents by 34%, which is something you wouldn’t want to overlook.

That said, let’s take a look at a few important ways to keep yourself safe on wet and slippery roads.

1. Monitor the weather

Any motorist knows better than to ignore current weather forecasts. Especially if you’re planning a long road trip, you need to check the weather news for updates before you hit the road. You never know when it will suddenly start to rain, so be sure to check the details of these weather updates, particularly the statistical chance of rain to occur. This will help you prepare for the trip better and ensure that you won’t be leaving home vulnerable.

2. Know your way around

Aside from knowing the weather forecasts for the following days, you also need to know which roads to use in your travels. This is crucial since you need to know which roads are safer to drive on during icy and rainy weather. To be sure, you will need to use GPS devices like Google Maps and Apple Maps or a standard vehicle gps tracker which can give you a good view of road conditions ahead of time so you know where to go when the need arises.

3. Do a maintenance check

Of course, you also have to keep in mind the condition of your vehicle before you leave for your trip. When was the last time you checked the engine and all other aspects of the car for any performance issues? Regular maintenance is, of course, essential for keeping the vehicle in good shape no matter the weather. But it makes sense to have it checked before setting out into the rain. A basic checkup should be enough to identify any quick fixes. And since you’re driving in the rain, careful attention should be placed on the headlights, tail lights, and windshield since these help you improve your visibility in the rain.

4. Know what to do in case of an emergency

Still, no amount of preparation can spare you from an accident caused by careless drivers. Though preparing for a drive in rainy weather can reduce the impact of accidents and keep you and your passengers safe throughout much of the journey, you still have to learn what to do in cases when negligent drivers are at fault. For this, you need to learn basic first aid techniques beforehand. You also have to prepare a list of emergency contacts in case of serious accidents. According to legal (law experts), getting medical assistance immediately after an accident is crucial to identifying certain types of serious injuries, such as internal bleeding or organ damage, that are not visible to the naked eye.

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