As one of our New York readers, you understand that weather conditions change as fall weather moves into the state. In addition to cooler temperatures, it’s not out of the question for rain to become more common.
Driving in wet weather is dangerous for many reasons, including the fact that some drivers don’t change their approach to the road. You don’t want to be that kind of driver because it puts you at risk of an accident. Instead, you can do the following to improve your safety:
- Slow down: Don’t push the envelope in wet weather, as it takes longer to slow your vehicle when the roads are slick.
- Use your headlights: This allows you to see the road ahead, while also giving other drivers a better view of your vehicle.
- Don’t use cruise control: This increases the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle, so it’s best to leave it off during wet conditions.
- Leave more space: Driving too closely to the vehicle in front of you increases the chance of an accident. If you have to stop in a hurry, you may be unable to do so in time to avoid a tail-end collision.
- Know how to respond to a skid: If your car begins to skid, steer in the direction you want your car to go. Also, never slam the brakes, as this can cause you to lose control.
If you’re involved in a car accident this fall, focus your immediate attention on your safety. As you check yourself and passengers for injuries, call 911 for help. After receiving treatment, contact your insurance company. Later, you can obtain guidance about how to hold the negligent driver responsible for causing the crash.