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Why should drivers slow down when it’s raining?

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

While summer brings warm weather to North Carolina, it can also bring some heavy thunderstorms. That can create problems for drivers.

Slowing down is wise if it starts to rain heavily or has just finished raining heavily. Here is why:

Falling rain reduces visibility

Sometimes the rain falls so thick and fast that it can be hard to see out of your windshield. It’s going to be the same for every other driver out there. Motorcyclists will struggle to see out of their visors and pedestrians or cyclists may have their hoods up and their heads down as they rush for shelter. So, all in all, the chances of a crash increase.

Rain on the road can also reduce traction, especially after a dry spell when it washes off all the accumulated grease and oil from the road surface. It means stopping distances increase drastically, so the best way to counter that is to slow your speed.

Puddles can cause hydroplaning

Sometimes a puddle is deeper than expected, and that can cause you to lose traction altogether and hydroplane across the surface of the water. Your vehicle might veer off in the direction of the oncoming traffic as a result.

Even if you don’t hydroplane, carrying too much speed into a deep puddle can send a huge plume of spray up, making it hard for you or anyone passing you in the opposite direction to see.

While slowing down for water seems obvious, some drivers don’t. If they injure you, you’ll need to find out how to hold them responsible.

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