The Federal Highway Administration estimated that about 22 percent of car accidents are weather related with most being blamed on heavy rainfall. Rain isn’t something uncommon for Atlanta residents, as the city averages about 50 inches of rain per year. With weather forecasts predicting a 30 percent chance of rain on any given day, the chances of encountering some heavy rain while driving is extremely likely.
When inclement weather strikes, visibility decreases which makes safe driving a bit challenging. Atlanta is also a hot spot for high winds that produce tornadoes and these strong winds mixed with rain can make for extreme driving conditions. When the rain is heavy and the wind is whipping, the ability to see cars and other objects in front of you decreases.
With rain, comes slippery roads. When the roads are wet, tires have difficulty gaining traction as the rain makes the roads smoother. Water on the roadways can also fill in the tread in the tires making it more difficult to stop. Always be cautious when driving on wet roads as there is also the potential of hydroplaning.
Studies have shown that weather has played a role in more than one hundred fatal “chain reaction” car accidents. Although we cannot control the weather, we can take the precautions necessary to help avoid these types of accidents.
When driving in stormy weather, the best thing to do first is to slow down. When you operate your vehicle at a slower speed, you can have more control and also allows you more time to slow down if need be. Slowing down is your first step in avoiding sustaining injuries in inclement weather.
Secondly, always check your tires. If the tread is shallower that 2/32” than they are not safe for the roadways and therefore put you at risk for hydroplaning.
Thirdly, keep up on your vehicle’s maintenance checks and ensure that lights such as headlights and brake lights are functioning properly and if not, replace immediately. Check on your wiper blades and ensure they are working at their highest function which give you the best chance at visibility.
Lastly, always wear your seatbelt! Wearing a seatbelt isn’t exactly going to prevent an accident but in the event one does, you can have more control of your vehicle as well as reducing your risk of serious injury.
If you practice these safe driving techniques you can help reduce your risk of being in an accident. However, like the weather, we can’t always predict when they are going to happen and even the most prepared can get caught off guard. If you have been involved in an accident and have suffered injuries, contact our Conyers chiropractors today to receive an individualized treatment plan that best fits your needs. Call today at, (404) 602-0386.