Stay Safe On The Road During El Nino With These Tips

Follow these guidelines to avoid an accident during dangerous road conditions.

One of the strongest El Niño’s in history is expected to hit Southern California this fall and winter, bringing heavy rains. While this is good news for the current drought, it also means potentially dangerous situations on the road.

Most car accidents that occur while it is raining are the result of drivers who do not know how to change their driving habits for the weather. The first few hours of a rainstorm can be some of the most dangerous, since oil and other fluids on the road will mix with the water, creating a very slippery surface.

Driving through heavy fog can be just as dangerous as driving in the rain since it can significantly reduce your range of vision. To help guide you down the road when there is heavy fog, use painted road markings or the side of the road.

Keep these wet weather driving tips in mind to help keep you safe whenever you are facing any hazard on the road:

  • If your car starts to skid, do not slam on your brakes. Instead, take your foot off the wheel and steer in the direction of the skid until you feel your tires grip the road again.
  • Make your car as visible as possible to other drivers by turning on your headlights, even during the day.
  • Increase the following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you so that you will have plenty of time to stop.
  • Slow down. The easiest way to keep you and your vehicle safe from an accident is to reduce your speed so that you have plenty of time to react to any situation you may face.

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