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Tips for driving in the rain

It does not rain all the time in Los Angeles. This becomes incredibly apparent when it comes to traffic because many Los Angeles drivers do not know how to drive when it rains

Even if you consider yourself a safe driver no matter the weather, it is vital to know the basic guidelines for driving in the rain. Following these tips can reduce your likelihood of ending up in a car accident

Slow down

Driving in the rain requires driving at a slower speed. You increase your chances of injuring yourself and getting in an accident if you hit a large puddle going 10 miles over the speed limit. 

Drive with your headlights on

You may not see a reason for having your headlights on in the middle of the afternoon. However, visibility decreases significantly when it rains. Other drivers may not see you, especially if you are in a blind spot. Keep your headlights on at all times when it rains. 

Keep the car straight if you hydroplane

Hydroplaning occurs when you lose traction when driving over a puddle of water. Ideally, you should look up if there are any flooded areas on your route, so you can avoid them if possible. In the event you hydroplane, you need to do your best to keep the vehicle straight. You need to avoid slamming on your brakes if this occurs because this can further upset the car's balance. 

Pull over if you get in an accident

No matter how hard you try to prevent an accident, one can always occur. In one recent rainstorm, 365 car accidents happened throughout Los Angeles in four hours. Even if it was a minor fender bender, you still need to pull off to the side of the road. You should exchange insurance information with the other driver and contact the police to file a report. 

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