Driving when it’s raining requires all drivers to pay extra attention to the roadway. The potential for hydroplaning and slamming into other vehicles is great when the pavement is slick.
One of the most important things to remember is that you have to put common sense and safety first in these cases. Speed limits are set based on what’s safe when the road conditions are ideal. You’ll have to drive slower than the speed limit if it’s raining.
Stopping distances are great
The wet pavement makes it harder for vehicles to stop. A fully loaded semitruck requires 330 feet to come to a complete stop if it’s going 60 miles per hour. To put this in perspective: this distance is the length of a regulation football field. That increases considerably when it’s raining.
Even though passenger vehicles don’t take as long to stop, it’s best to give them extra room when it’s raining outside. Tailgating is particularly dangerous when it’s raining.
All drivers should turn on their headlights when it’s raining — but you should never turn on your hazard lights unless you’re stopping. Slow down, stay in the lane closest to the right that you can safely maneuver into and give your full attention to driving so you remain safe.
Even if you’re driving safely, you may still be struck by another motorist. Anyone who’s injured in a crash that occurs in the rain should ensure they get medical care right away. They may opt to pursue a compensation claim so they can get the costs of that care and other expenses related to the wreck covered. Nevada has a time limit of two years to get your claim filed, so don’t wait too long.