Rainy season is here! Before you get behind the wheel, read this article for tips on how to get to your destination safely. Provided by Kent car accident lawyer

With the rainy season in full swing, use these tips to ensure rain does not prevent you from reaching your destination safely.

With summer officially over, the Pacific Northwest welcomes another rainy season.  Drivers know that rain greatly impacts your travel, with pedestrians, wildlife and even other vehicles tougher to spot and even harder to avoid.

The Texas Department of Insurance published this Drive in the Rain brochure with tips on how to get drive safely in the rain and arrive at your destination safely:

-First and foremost- SLOW DOWN! It takes more time to adjust speed or come to a stop on wet roads.
-Replace old or brittle wiper blades at the onset of the rainy season.
-Water tends to pool in outside lanes, so try and stay in the middle lanes of traffic.
-Maintain proper following distance from the vehicle in front of you.  Normally, this is considered the "3 second rule," but on wet roads, it needs to be increased.
-Try and drive in the tracks left by the vehicle in front of you.
-Large trucks and busses create sprays with their large tires, so don't follow them too closely, as the spray can reduce your vision.
-Be more attentive to brake lights in front of you.
-Try not to use your brakes.  Take your foot of the accelerator to slow down, if possible.
-Drive with your headlights on when driving in light rain, fog, and general overcast & gloomy weather conditions.  This will allow you to see the road better and will make your vehicle more visible by other motorists.
-You can easily become stuck in puddles and standing water where the actual water level is unknown, so avoid any off-road driving. Also avoid moving water if you cannot see the ground, as your vehicle may get swept off the road. If the water is deep, serious damage to modern vehicle's electrical system can occur.
-Glares on your windshield from by oncoming traffic can be amplified by rain and can cause temporary loss of visibility and an increase in driver fatigue- so never drive beyond limits of visibility.
-In thunderstorms, flashes from the lightening can briefly blind and disorient a driver.  The heavy rain and high winds with severe thunderstorms can create deadly driving conditions, so stay off the roads.
-Do not brake hard if you need to stop, as your wheels will lock and possibly skid.  Gently press the brake pedal to come to a complete stop. Maintaing proper following distance, driving slower and being extra attentive to brake lights in front of you will lessen your need for a quick and sudden stop.
-Not only should you pay attention to the curves and contours of the roadway, but also keep an eye on fences, bushes and trees. If they seem unnaturally low, slow down, as the road is probably flooded.
-Be extra cautious for places where floodwater usually collects- like low-lying roads near streams and dips under rail or highway bridges.

If you have been injured in a car accident, or any other kind of accident in Western Washington, call the Andrew Kim Law Firm.  Our Kent car accident attorney is experienced in Washington State injury claims all over Western Washington, and can assist with your need of a Washington State car accident lawyer.  For your free consultation, call (425) 289-1990, (253) 682-2000 or toll free at (800) 636-3676.


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