The rain is coming down hard and even though your windshield wipers are on high, you can't see! It's a scary moment and anyone who has been driving for any period of time has encountered this scenario more than once. At Anderson Behel, we see many accidents in Santa Clara, CA caused by extreme rain and people driving recklessly, so here are some helpful tips to consider.
In addition to the limited visibility that comes with heavy rain storms, drivers need to be careful to protect themselves against serious factors things like hydroplaning. Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling at an unsafe rate in serious rain conditions, causing the car's tires to glide on a thin layer of water as opposed to adhering to the surface of the road or highway. Every time this takes place, it puts you in a perilous space, because hydroplaning will instantaneously make steering and braking exceedingly difficult and could even lead to you losing complete control of your vehicle.
Follow these directives to stay safe and in one piece while driving in intense rain:
In conclusion, take a deep breath and drive prudently and you will be all right. Put simply, don't speed or tailgate ever and especially never in the rain and you will make it through to the next storm!
Sources: AARP, DMV.org and Yahoo