As rainy fall weather sets in, and recently we’ve seen considerable rain, the road conditions can become hazardous.
Such was the case when a 31-year-old Medford man died in an accident early Wednesday at 3:03 a.m. Alan Bradley was driving a 2002 Hyundai on Granny Road on slick roads when his car slid, crossing over into the opposite lane and striking a utility pole, according to Newsday. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the police impounded his car for safety inspections.
Taking safety precautions when driving in the rain may help you or a loved one prevent a tragic accident like this one. AAA recommends the following safety tips:
Ensure your car is road safe. When windshield wipers don’t clear the windshield or leave streaks, replace them. Ensure all vehicle lights — headlights, brake lights and taillights — are working. Ensure proper tire inflation so you have good traction.
Use headlights. When driving in the rain use highlights to compensate for poor visibility.
Don’t use cruise control. When you brake while using cruise control, the braking isn’t gradual. Abrupt braking can cause the car to skid. Avoid cruise control and brake slowly when driving in the rain so you don’t lose traction.
Reduce speed. Drive more slowly to avoid the possibility of hydroplaning, which can occur even with as little an amount of water as one half inch on the road.
Keep your distance. Allow more distance between your car and other cars so you can brake less often and more gradually when you do need to brake.
Learn how to drive in a skid. Turn the wheel in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid fast braking and stay in control.
Be safe. Our lawyers at Palermo Touhy Bruno hope you find these safety tips useful.
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