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Bad Weather Driving Tips

July 31, 2014

Most meteorologists would describe Mobile’s climate as subtropical. On average, Mobile receives 67 inches of rainfall a year. The wet weather can causes hazards on the road; drivers need to be cautious in inclement weather. Motorists can avoid being in a collision by following bad weather driving tips.

While these tips will help you reduce your chances of being in an accident, some collisions are unavoidable. If you were involved in an auto accident during bad weather, you may be able to seek legal action against the negligent party. Contact an Alabama car accident lawyer to discuss your legal options.

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Tips for Driving in the Rain

Mobile residents experience rain 120 days out of the year. With the frequent rain, drivers need to be prepared to drive on slick roads.  If you get caught in a downpour, the following tips can keep you and your loved ones safe on the road:

  • If your brakes get saturated, it’s important to dry them. To dry your brakes, apply light pressure to the pedal.
  • Watch your distance in the rain.  Allow yourself enough room to stop in the event that the car in front of you abruptly stops.
  • Avoid driving next to buses and commercial vehicles. Typically, these vehicles will create big splashes when going through puddles which may decrease your visibility.
  • Stay in the center lane, if possible; rain typically accumulates on the side of the road.
  • Avoid hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle’s tires ride one top of a layer of water, causing you to lose control of your steering.
  • If the rain is coming down so hard that you can’t see, pull over to the side of the street.


Tips for Driving in Fog

At times, Mobile drivers will have to operate their vehicles in foggy weather. The lack of visibility on the road puts drivers at risk of being in an accident. The tips listed below can keep you safe while maneuvering through dense fog:

  • Make sure to use your low beam lights, high beam lights can reflect off the fog and reduce your visibility.
  • Decrease your vehicle’s speed.
  • Slightly open your window, so you can hear any upcoming traffic.
  • Use your defrosters and windshield wipers to improve your visibility.
  • Allow the road’s markings and edges to guide you to your destination.
  • Do not turn on cruise control.
  • If possible, avoid driving until the fog clears.

While driving in bad weather can be hazardous, drivers can prevent accidents by staying alert, being patient and following driver safety tips. In addition, motorists need to be on the lookout for other drivers who are operating their vehicles negligently in adverse weather conditions.


Mobile Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you may have financial and legal recourse. Contact a personal injury lawyer at Citrin Law Firm to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.

At Citrin Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping injured individuals in Mobile and Baldwin County receive the justice that they deserve. Over the years, our attorneys successfully litigated numerous auto accident cases.

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