Safe-Driving Tips for Vancouver’s Rainy Weather

Vancouver can be beautiful during the fall months, but this is also the time of year when rainfall tends to be the highest. Specifically, the months from November through roughly February constitute the area’s “rainy season.” With rainy conditions come slick roads, which means an increased risk of auto accidents. Fortunately, by taking some special precautions, you can reduce your risk of being involved in an auto accident this rainy season.

Make Sure Your Car is Prepared

Start by giving your car a once-over to make sure it’s in optimal condition to navigate slippery roads. Start by checking your tires to ensure they still have plenty of tread left on them. If not, replace them to improve traction on the road. Next, check your wiper blades to ensure they’re in proper working condition. If needed, you can buy replacement blades at your local auto supply store and install them yourself in a matter of minutes.

Slow Down and Increase Following Distance

The first rule of the road is to slow down when it’s raining or when the roads are slick from recent rainfall. Obey posted speed limit signs and, if the rain is heavy enough to affect visibility, you may even need to drive below the speed limit. You should also increase the following distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you; this way, if they hit their brakes, you’ll give yourself additional time to stop.

Drive in the Middle Lanes

Water tends to pool on the sides of the road—and with enough rainfall, pooling can move to the outside lanes. Driving in these lanes could increase your risk of hydroplaning, which can be extremely dangerous. Your best bet at avoiding pooling water is to drive in the center lanes of the road. Still, be on the lookout for flooding and avoid using cruise control.

Turn Headlights on to Make Yourself Visible

Rain can obscure visibility, so be sure to turn your headlights on to make your vehicle more visible to other drivers. Even if you car comes with daytime running lights, it can’t hurt to flip your headlights on until the rain subsides. If you’re driving significantly under the speed limit due to poor visibility, get over into the slow lane and turn your hazard lights on as well.

Know What to Do if You’re in an Accident

Even with taking all the above precautions, it’s possible that you could become the victim of a car accident due to inclement weather. Another driver, for example, may fail to keep a safe following distance and may thus rear-end you during a rainstorm. If you’re in an accident, be sure to collect the driver’s information and seek medical attention right away if you have been injured, no matter how minor your injuries may seem.

From there, your best course of action is to consult with a lawyer to explore your possible next steps and determine how to proceed. The last thing you want is to face the complicated ICBC claims process alone.

At Becker, Lavin, & Wessler, we specialize in cases related to auto accident injuries and ICBC claims, and we’re ready to represent your best interests. Contact our team today to set up your consultation, and let us put our 50 years of combined experience to work for you.

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