It becomes national news any time it rains in Los Angeles and nearby cities. During one of the most recent storms, USA Today ran a story detailing people's reactions of the rain hysteria.
While it can be fun to see some rain in Southern California, it is vital to remember that not everyone knows how to drive in the rain. Car accidents happen all the time in this area whenever it rains, but a few precautions can make all the difference.
Turn on the headlights
Even when it is the middle of the day, you should turn on the headlights of your car any time it rains. Visibility will decrease during these storms, and you need to be aware of what other drivers ahead of you will do. Additionally, it is vital to make the drivers ahead aware of your presence so they can avoid slamming on the brakes.
The speed limit on a section of road only applies when conditions are optimal. Rainfall is not optimal, so you need to take things slower. Even if other drivers want to go around you, you should stick to a speed you are comfortable with.
Watch out for hydroplaning
Hydroplaning occurs when a car's tires lose traction with the street due to water puddling on the surface. This results in the car sliding out of control. You face an increased likelihood of hydroplaning if your tires have extensive wear.
Most people become acclimated to their commutes, so they daydream and focus on other things while behind the wheel. Rain complicates matters significantly, so even if you have gone down this stretch of road hundreds of times before, you need to be extra vigilant. You need to remain cautious any time you merge lanes, and you should never look at your phone or become distracted, especially when it rains. Following these tips could help you avoid a potential collision with another driver who may lose control while driving in the rain.
If you have suffered injuries in a car accident, you may be able to claim compensation. To learn about your legal options, speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.