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How To Drive Safely in Rainy Weather in South Carolina

Rain causes many accidents in South Carolina, mainly because it is a factor that can be very dangerous for inexperienced drivers who underestimate the effects that rain has on South Carolina roads. Common accidents involving rain are the result of hydroplaning, not being able to see, and difficulty breaking.accident when it was rainingThese elements can cause devastating accidents that oftentimes involve multiple vehicles. In order to prevent these accidents from happening, follow these simple tips on how to drive safely in rainy weather:

·         Be aware of other drivers on the road. Do not follow other drivers too closely and try to avoid any driver that is exceeding the speed limit. 

·         Avoid driving through water. If you are not sure how deep water is that you have to drive through, you should not attempt to drive through it. Standing water can have harsh effects on your vehicle and can even cause your engine to stop working. 

  ·         Obey the speed limit. Speeding adds danger to any situation regardless of the weather. That is why it is especially important to obey the speed limit in rainy weather. It is recommended that you drive at least 5 mph below the speed limit so that you have ample time to react to other cars on the road.

·         Do not use cruise control. By using cruise control, you are cutting down on your reaction time. Rain already cuts down on your reaction time, so you should try not to use cruise control in order to be able to react at your best.

·         Do not slam on your breaks. The rain causes less friction between the wheels of your car and the road. When this combines with breaking too quickly, there can be deadly consequences.

·         Have your headlights on at all times while it is raining. By turning your headlights on, you not only are protecting yourself, but you are also protecting others on the road. A rear-end accident is more likely to occur in rainy weather if a driver does not have their lights on. With lights on, you will be able to see more clearly and others will be able to see you more clearly. 

·         Avoid the sides of the road. The shoulder is where most rain collects and can cause hydroplaning.

·         Stop driving if you find it difficult to see. No matter where you are going, nothing is more important than your safety. If you are unable to see, stop somewhere and wait until the rain lets up before you continue driving.

While following these tips may not entirely prevent you from getting into an accident while it is raining, if you take the necessary precautions, you can certainly reduce the risk of an accident occurring. If you have been involved in an accident that involved rainy weather in South Carolina, contact a South Carolina car accident lawyer to determine whether or not you have a case. 

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