Longtime Los Angeles residents know the pain that comes with winter weather, specifically on days when it rains. Traffic is almost always a daily concern, but the arrival of wet conditions always seems to make the problem 1,000 times worse. In addition to extended commute times, incidents of auto accidents increase when the weather turns ugly. Fortunately, there are several simple precautions you can take to protect you and your loved ones by reducing your chances of having an auto accident in Los Angeles.
- Allow yourself extra time for your commute. In addition to extended commute times on rainy days, the extra time will allow you to drive more cautiously without rushing.
- Turn your headlights on and use your blinkers. Limited visibility is a major concern on rainy days. Using your lights and blinkers will help ensure that other drivers can see you.
- Even when you take precautions to make yourself more visible, you should not rely on the reaction times of other drivers. For this reason, give the car in front of you plenty of space. The usual rule of thumb is three to four seconds, depending on your speed. If the roads are wet or icy, you might have to give the car in front of you seven to eight seconds of distance.
- Drive in the center lanes of the freeway. Water tends to pool along the outer lanes, and hitting a puddle can send your car hydroplaning.
Taking the proper precautions can help you avoid the pain and inconvenience of an auto accident when the weather gets bad. Other drivers in Los Angeles may have trouble driving in the rain but, if you follow these tips, you can be a step ahead of the game. If you are involved in an accident, we are here to help.