2 Tips for Driving in Inclement Weather

2017 is already shaping up to be a record-breaking year for hurricanes. Parts of Texas were devastated by Hurricane Harvey in August, and Hurricane Irma has caused considerable damage to a wide swath of Florida. And while those hurricanes didn’t directly affect Arkansas, storms like them have the potential to create large storms with heavy rainfall and even flooding in Southern states and states along the East Coast.

When roads become slick or have standing water, the risk of accidents significantly increases. Even vehicles equipped with all-weather tires will have less traction when asphalt is wet, making it easier for even the most cautious drivers to lose control.

The next time you drive in bad weather, follow these tips to help your family stay safe:

  1. Turn on your headlights. During rain, snow, or fog, visibility can be significantly reduced. Turning on your vehicle’s headlights is one of the best ways to make sure other drivers can see you. It also improves your own visibility, making it easier to spot other cars, trucks, SUVs, or any potentially damaging debris in the road.
  2. Reduce your speed. In many cases, driving at or just below the speed limit during inclement weather can still be dangerous. Heavy rain, snow, fog, and ice may require reducing your speed by 10+ mph maintain full control of your vehicle and decrease your chances of being involved in a collision.

Unfortunately, not all drivers take these precautions during bad weather, putting themselves and others at risk. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that may have been caused by negligence, contact Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. Our Arkansas car accident lawyers have years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims, and we want to do the same for you. Call today for a free consultation.

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