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Do You Remember How to Drive in Rainy Weather?

While the recent storms in the San Diego area have brought welcome rainfall, they have also created hazardous driving conditions. Impaired visibility, flooding, and slippery roads all make it more difficult to drive safely.

An estimated 6,250 people are killed and over 480,000 people are injured in weather-related crashes each year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. While drivers may suspect that snow and ice cause the most havoc, nearly half of all weather-related crashes occur (46%) during rainfall.

With this in mind, we want to remind drivers to exercise extra caution on the road in challenging weather, where even minor mistakes can lead to serious San Diego car accidents. Below are a few specific tips for rainy weather:

  • Decrease your speed. It takes longer to stop or make other adjustments on a rainy roadway.
  • Stay in middle lanes whenever possible. Puddles tend to form in the outside lanes, which could lead to hydroplaning.
  • Increase your following distance, particularly behind trucks and buses that create spray.
  • Maintain alertness by getting proper rest and avoiding drugs or alcohol.
  • Use your brakes sparingly; when possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
  • Use your headlights, even if it is not raining heavily. They not only will help you see the roadway, but will also make your vehicle more visible to others. In fact, the California Vehicle Code requires drivers to use headlamps in inclement weather.
  • Avoid driving through puddles if you cannot accurately assess how deep they are. It is always best to seek an alternative route rather than risk getting swept off the road.


If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.