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Driving safely in wet spring weather

Americans have weathered a particularly challenging winter. As the nation thaws, it has become time to turn attention to the comparatively easier challenges of spring. Driving during springtime is generally a pleasant task, especially when compared to the task of driving during the darkest days of winter. However, springtime driving is not without its hazards.

In general, springtime driving is most challenging when it is raining and when rain has recently fallen. Although well-maintained vehicles are constructed to travel safely across slick surfaces, a number of factors can make wet driving conditions treacherous.

For example, it is now a well known fact that many accidents occur only after a vehicle's tires have been compromised. If your vehicle's tires are worn, underinflated, overinflated, punctured or are otherwise in need of attention, traveling during wet weather should be avoided.

In addition, factors which already make driving treacherous can inflame dangers caused by wet weather. If a driver is distracted, drowsy, drunk, disoriented or aggravated, he or she can be slower to respond to wet weather hazards and slick spots on any given road. As a result, it is vitally important to be attentive while driving in wet springtime weather.

Finally, it is particularly important for drivers to leave space in between their vehicles and the vehicles around them. If anyone traveling on a given road hits a slick spot or begins to hydroplane, the extra space between vehicles can mean the difference between a safe journey and a potentially injurious or fatal accident.

Source: Direct Auto & Life Insurance, "Wet Weather Driving Tips for the Spring," Accessed April 9, 2015

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