Rainy days can wreak havoc on Texas roads, especially in Houston.
In fact, according to the Texas Department of Insurance, more than 80% of Texas vehicle crashes are caused by inclement weather, which can include rain, lighting, high winds and poor visibility due to heavy rainfall or fog.
If you don’t have to drive in bad weather, stay home. But if school, work or other responsibilities mean you must drive in bad weather, keep the following precautions in mind to avoid being a statistic in Texas:
First, drive at or slightly below the speed limit with your windshield wipers on. Using hazard lights and turn signals alerts others on the roadway that you are taking it slow but also allows drivers behind you to see you through hard or heavy rain.
Second, leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front of you. Bad weather, especially slick roads caused by rain, can delay brake time or cause you to skid when you brake hard. Allowing for more space between vehicles accommodates extra brake time if you need it for sudden stops. To ensure a safe driving distance, watch the vehicle in front of you pass a road sign or landmark and count at least 6 seconds before passing the same object in your vehicle to keep a safe driving distance in bad weather.
Third, be sure to avoid driving through standing water in low-lying areas which can cause hydroplaning. Puddles and standing water most often occur on the outer edges of the road and under bridges. Visit www.linnlawfirm.com to subscribe to our most recent newsletter, which provides effective ways to avoid hydroplaning in high-water areas.
With the heavy rain in our forecast this week, be sure to buckle up and use extreme caution when driving in bad weather. We hope you stay safe, but the experienced team at The Linn Law Firm is here if you need us.