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Staying Safe on Seattle’s Rainy Roads

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 4, 2013

Wet weather is common during the Thanksgiving weekend whether you choose to drive around in the Pacific Northwest or the rest of the country. During this time, it is important to take the precautions that can help you drive safely on slick roadways and tricky conditions. Rain is blamed for thousands of accidents annually nationwide. Many of these accidents are preventable.

Here are a few tips to avoid accidents caused by rainy weather:

  • Allow for more travel time. If you are taking a road trip, you should plan to drive at a slower pace than normal when roads are wet. Traffic is also likely to be moving slower when it is raining.
  • Don’t use cruise control. If you hydroplane, there is the chance that your car could accelerate. Cruise control also causes motorists to be less attentive and to take their foot away from the pedals. This could slow reaction time.
  • Turn on your headlights even if it is only drizzling. A little extra light will make your car easier to see.
  • Get off the road if it gets too dangerous. If it is raining so hard that you cannot see the roadway or the car ahead of you, pull over and wait until the rain stops or gets lighter.
  • Maintain extra distance between your car and the vehicle ahead. This gives you more time to stop.
  • Make sure your car is in good condition before you start your journey. Check your brakes, tires and windshield wipers.

If you have been injured in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, you could seek compensation for your injuries and losses. An experienced Washington auto accident lawyer at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options. To learn more through a free consultation, call (888) 228-3860.

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