As the weather gets warmer in the spring, wet roadways can cause safety issues for drivers. However, a driver can do several things to ensure that they avoid getting into an automobile accident. Those who understand roadway safety suggest that drivers maintain a safe following distance on wet roads. In most cases, a driver should stay at least two seconds behind the car in front of him or her.
However, drivers are asked to double that distance on wet roadways. This is true whenever the roads are wet whether it is raining or not. To ensure that a car can stop in time to avoid an accident, it may be a good idea to check tire tread before driving.
To check a tire's tread, an individual can put a quarter into one of the tread grooves. If that person can see the top of Washington's head, the tire does not have enough tread. Therefore, it should be replaced as soon as possible. To increase the useful life of a tire, drivers can rotate them every 5,000 miles or as recommended in the owner's manual. Furthermore, tires may last longer and work better on wet roads when they are properly inflated. The owner's manual will also provide guidance as to what proper tire pressure is on a given vehicle.
Those who are injured in a car accident may suffer injuries that take months or years to heal. Victims may be entitled to compensation to help them pay for medical bills and other costs related to recovering from them. It may also be possible to win punitive damages to hold the driver financial responsible for causing the accident. An attorney may be willing to represent an accident victim during the legal process.