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Bad Weather Driving Safety Tips

Traffic Jam In The Rain Stock Photo

An overturned tractor-trailer backed up traffic along Interstate 77 near Columbia on the morning of April 1. The accident, which took place during heavy rainfall, acts as a reminder that wet roads may require adaptations to your driving.

  • Slow down when the road is wet or icy. No matter the size of your vehicle, slick roads can be a driving hazard, especially on narrow or congested roads.
  • Increase your following distance. Because you may take longer to stop, it is important to have a larger cushion between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Increased following distance is especially important for larger vehicles, which may have an even harder time stopping.
  • When rain, snow, or fog cause visibility issues, drive where other drivers can see you easily. Avoid driving right next to a semi, especially for an extended period of time. Truck drivers and others driving large vehicles may have an especially difficult time seeing you if visibility is low.
  • Give other drivers a larger cushion of space. Avoid changing lanes directly in front of another vehicle.
  • Be especially careful driving in areas where other vehicles have slid off the road or where drivers seem to be slipping and sliding.
  • When possible, drive around large puddles. If your vehicle starts hydroplaning, it could be a danger to yourself as well as other drivers on the road.
  • Use your windshield wipers when needed. Regularly check to be sure your wipers are in good condition, even if you rain or snow are not expected. Getting stuck in a storm with inadequate windshield wipers could be dangerous.
  • Be sure to turn on your headlights when visibility is low and when using your windshield wipers.
  • Pull off the road at a safe location if visibility or road conditions make it hazardous to continue driving. When possible, pull into a parking lot, where you will be safely off the road.

Unfortunately, some drivers do not adjust their driving to account for poor road conditions, and they then cause accidents. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver’s actions, contact us. Our Columbia injury lawyers will discuss your case with you, helping you to understand your rights.