SAFE DRIVING TIPS FROM A Las Vegas ACCIDENT chiropractor
Rain has been the cause of thousands of car accidents year in and year out, and rain is especially dangerous in dry weather states like Nevada. Dr. Teddy Sim and his team, here at the ChiropracTED, LLC are passionate about making sure that drivers stay safe and avoid dangerous interactions on the road. Here are several battle-tested strategies for how to navigate rainy weather driving, since many people forget how to drive in it.
When it rains, immediately switch into “safe weather driving mode.”
Turn down the radio, avoid talking on your cell phone (even on a hands-free headset), leave extra room between your car and the vehicle in front of you, and minimize the total amount of driving that you do. If you need to go to work, avoid excessive work related driving.
Get into “wet weather driving mode,” even when the weather isn’t “that bad.” AKA- DRIVER SLOWER!
The initial rainfall that hits the roads within 30 minutes or 45 minutes after a long dry spell creates a serious hazard. The fresh water creates a super slick emulsion by mixing with tar, grease, debris and sand, creating conditions that can cause your vehicle to skid out or hydroplane easily. In other words, the roads don’t have to be totally flooded to present major dangers.
Make sure your car’s components are “up to snuff” – i.e. that they can handle the weather.
Your windshield wipers should be properly installed and appropriate for your vehicle. Your tires should have enough treading, traction and pressure to be safe. And your brakes and steering systems should also “good to go” for the weather.
Keep your eyes on the car ahead of you
In the rain, it is often hard to see very far ahead of you. It helps to watch for the reaction of the driver ahead of you. When he or she brakes, you brake. Still keep a safe following distance from the car in front of you because you will need to brake more slowly on a slippery road to avoid skidding.
Do not brake suddenly
Sudden braking may cause a skid. If skidding occurs, remain calm and steer straight till until you feel the car regain traction.
Correctly defog your windows
The windows on your car might fog, further limiting you visibility. To defog, keep your air conditioning blowing at both your windshield and your back window. If your car has a defog function, just press the button, and defogging should start automatically.
In the case you get into a car accident causing injuries, Dr. Ted and his team are here to help you. Simply give us a call at 702-277-1371 and we will get you on the road to recovery.
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