Driving On A Rainy Day

Driving On A Rainy Day

Colorado Accident & Injury is proud to offer the state of Colorado a full-service medical team dedicated to helping car accident victims get back on their feet again.

Our clinic offers a wide range of options designed as a fully-coordinated holistic medical center in Colorado Springs. Our key services include chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, neuropsychological care, pain management, and speech therapy.

There is no question that working under the same roof allows for tighter coordination, better communication, and reliable, expert documentation of your medical issues focused on getting a patient securely through any legal or insurance hurdles put in front of you.

We also love to give out the best information we can find on being safe on the road. We endorse safe speeds, safe automobiles, and safe drivers who are sober, alert, and capable of understanding and appreciating hazardous road conditions.

Today’s topic is rain. Here’s a story of where someone learned the hard way how not to approach :

A week or so after a car accident that included minor injuries to the driver and one of the passengers, the insurance company representing the driver called him up, asked him how he was feeling, and then asked how fast he was driving. The man said, “I was going the speed limit – not a pinch more.”

The insurance company then informed him he was driving too fast. The driver’s car had skidded and almost hydroplaned into another car. The insurance agent said the driver was expected to drive under the speed limit because it was raining.

You could consider that the school of hard knocks. We would rather you learned this without a life-threatening accident.

What makes driving in the rain so difficult? Well, everything. Rain obscures your vision, makes the roads slick, brings slick oil up to the road’s surface, often comes with distracting wind, causes hydroplaning, forces you to brake suddenly (sometimes because another driver has had to stop suddenly).

With all that going on, many people don’t see rainy conditions as very hazardous. They might fear ice and snow, but believe cars handle just fine in the rain. This is untrue. Cars have less traction in the rain and take longer to come to a halt. That alone requires an adjustment in your normal driving habits.

As such, here are some helpful safety hints for driving in the rain.

  • Slow down
  • Make sure your defroster works
  • Don’t tailgate – not only does your car take longer to stop in the rain the car or truck ahead of you will be lifting water off the road, just at the wrong time – making visibility even worse
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape. Replace them when they become less effective.
  • Just as you should be doing in foggy conditions, drive with your headlights on so others can see you.
  • Make sure your car is running well and say yes to extra safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, when you buy your car.
  • Make sure your tires have good tread rated for use in the rain
  • Pullover when the rain gets heavy.

If you are in an automobile accident you should call the police or ambulance first. Your second call in Colorado Springs should be to 717-917-7000, where we can put you on the road to recovery immediately and document your claims.

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