Three Mistakes You Make Driving in the RainMississippi Legal News
Rain—a common weather condition many people see on a regular basis. Water droplets fall from the sky, people and animals seek shelter, and surfaces become wet and slippery. For something so seemingly harmless, precipitation can cause much more danger and disaster than we realize, especially when driving.
First-time drivers feel understandably nervous driving in rain for the first time because it presents many dangers. Driving too fast on the road can cause hydroplaning, and heavy rain can become a visibility hazard. With enough experience, drivers eventually learn how to handle these situations. But even many years later, you can still be guilty of a few other dangerous mistakes driving in rain.
What else could you be doing wrong? If you avoid speeding in the rain, surely you must be the perfect driver. But with the heavy rainfall in Mississippi, you may find yourself driving in inclement weather regularly and slip into mistakes. Even with a great amount of experience, you could be making mistakes you never thought about.
Waiting to Use Your Windshield Wipers
Rain rarely starts as a heavy downpour. For most, the storm begins with a light drizzle and gradually grows heavier as you travel deeper into the storm. Many drivers might underestimate how quickly a storm can intensify and delay turning on their windshield wipers. But by the time the storm picks up, visibility becomes a serious issue.
This does not mean using your wiper blades later is useless, but risks are higher the longer you put it off. Low visibility causes thousands of injuries in car accidents annually. You may not need your windshield wipers at top speed under drizzling conditions, but keep them ready to go.
Failing to Use Your Headlights
When you enter a dark room, your first instinct is to turn on a light for visibility. In the case of driving, your equivalent would be turning on your headlights or emergency light at your dashboard. This seems like a no-brainer for most drivers, but some hesitate to use them in the rain based on other information.
For example, using your high beam lights can be more dangerous in a thunderstorm. This happens because rain droplets, fog, and mist can reflect high beams into the driver’s vision and create a glare. Your usual headlights, however, point lower to the ground, avoiding the issue caused by using high beams. Using your headlights not only increases your own visibility but also helps other drivers spot you in heavier storms.
Just as with using your windshield wipers, your headlights help your visibility in less favorable situations. When the way ahead becomes uncertain, do not hesitate to use them.
Driving at the Side of Roads
Whenever the average person looks at the road ahead, they see a flat, straight line leading to their destination. But the truth is that most roads typically do not get paved with flat asphalt. Instead, most construction workers develop roads to have a camber, or a slight bend or curve. This curve helps prevent flooding in roads, running water off on the curbsides instead of filling them.
Nevertheless, some drivers remain completely unaware of the structuring of roads and how construction works. In rain or potential flash floods, they might pull over or veer towards the side for safety reasons. Driving on the side can be a greater risk of getting trapped or sinking too deep into flooding waters. Instead, try driving closer to the middle for the driest part of the road, where the least risk lies.
If you or a loved one have been injured or lost a family member due to an automobile accident, reach out to Germany Law Firm, PLLC today. Located in Jackson, Mississippi, we can provide experienced Mississippi lawyers and attorneys who can seek your legal compensation in accidents. Whether you are dealing with compensation in injuries or wrongful death of others in a car accident, we can help. Give us a call at our central office at (601) 487-0555 to schedule an appointment and free case evaluation.