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Tips for driving in wet weather

Spring rains bring wet weather to Arizona and the rest of the country. The American Auto Association reports that 1.2 million crashes each year are caused by rainy weather. The most important rule for driving on a wet road is to stay alert at all times. There are several other good ways to avoid accidents.

Potholes are often caused by winter weather affecting the roads. Water can seep into the road where it freezes and thaws many times, causing a pothole to form. Slow down when approaching an unavoidable pothole, then let off the brakes while going over it. The tire will roll over the hole instead of taking a hard hit. Tires that are in good condition help the car stop quickly on a wet road. Find where the tire tread is the shallowest, and insert a quarter into the trough. The tread is worn out if the top of Washington's head is visible.

Keep a safe distance away from other cars while driving in dry or wet weather. There should be two seconds of stopping time from the car ahead in dry weather. On wet roads, there needs to be at least four seconds of distance. Hydroplaning and skids can be hard to avoid even with experience. Panicking is a dangerous reaction. Do not slam on the brakes because this can cause the car to lose control. Be calm, and keep the car pointed in the chosen direction of travel.

In the event of a car accident due to another driver's negligence, an attorney experienced in personal injury law may be able to help. The attorney could be able to aid in the collection of damages, such as car repairs, medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Direct Auto and Life Insurance, "Wet Weather Driving Tips for the Spring," accessed on April 17, 2015

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