With the rainy season in full effect, it is important to know some rainy weather driving tips along with the Illinois laws that accompany them. While most rainy weather driving guidelines are common sense, many motorists still do not adhere to them. Annually weather related crashes account for 24% of vehicle accidents. Of the 24% of weather related crashes, 75% of those accidents occur on wet pavement and 47% occur during rainfall. (Source 2).
It is important to note that if there is a possibility of rain in the forecast, there are certain preventative measures that should be taken before driving. For instance, windshield wipers should be checked and replaced if necessary. Also, the tread on tires should be checked to ensure that bald tires are not being used. If a car has bald tires, the tires will perform worse on wet pavement and increase the possibility of hydroplaning. (Source 1).
If the above preventative measures have been taken, the next step is to be safe while driving. Driving in the rain will reduce visibility and create more hazardous driving conditions for drivers. Some of the hazards created by driving in the rain includes: an increased amount of time for the vehicle to stop, loss of visibility because of glare from headlights, loss of visibility because of water spray from other cars, and hydroplaning. In order to safeguard against the above hazards the following steps can be taken: Don’t follow cars or trucks too closely, avoid driving through puddles, attempt to drive in the middle lanes where there is less chance for puddles to accumulate, turn on headlights and most importantly slow down to an acceptable speed for the weather conditions. (Source 1).
Finally, it is important to note that in Illinois motorists must use their headlights when rain, snow, fog, or poor weather conditions require the use of windshield wipers. Therefore, no matter how light or heavy the rainfall, a motorist must use their headlights if they turn on their windshield wipers. (Source 3).
As the statistics show, driving in the rain or on wet pavement can be hazardous. So be safe and along with following the tips and guidelines provided slow down to a safe and acceptable speed. If you or your children are involved in an accident contact the Bloomington, Illinois lawyers at the Finegan Law Firm.