With spring weather moving into the area, you can expect plenty of rain to fall. Even if you enjoy a good rainstorm, this typically doesn’t hold true if you find yourself behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

There are many things you can do to enhance your safety when driving in the rain, with these tips among the best:

  • Watch for standing water: This is a major problem, as hitting standing water at a fast rate of speed can cause your tires to lose contact with the road. And if that happens, you may lose control of your vehicle.
  • Slow down: This is important for many reasons, including the fact that it helps avoid hydroplaning and gives you more time to stop your vehicle in an emergency.
  • Increase your following distance: You should leave as much space as possible between vehicles, thus giving you more time to stop and reducing the amount of water that’s splashed onto your windshield.
  • Inspect your windshield wipers: Get into the habit of doing this throughout the spring season, as you need them to work effectively when the rain begins to fall. Old windshield wipers aren’t effective at quickly clearing your windshield, which reduces your view of the road ahead.
  • Pay attention: This is critical at all times when driving, and even more so the case in wet weather when conditions and traffic patterns can quickly change. Pay special attention to anyone around you who isn’t driving with caution, such as a truck driver who is speeding or weaving in and out of traffic to make time.

When you follow these safety tips, you’ll find it easier to remain calm when driving in the rain.

If inclement weather results in an accident, such as one caused by another driver, pull to safety, examine yourself for injuries and call 911 to request the assistance of paramedics and a local police officer.

Don’t make the mistake of quickly exchanging information and leaving the scene. Even if you’re not feeling any ill effects of the accident it’s still critical to receive a thorough medical examination. Doing so will help you when filing an insurance claim and seeking compensation for damages.