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Tips for avoiding accidents while driving in wet weather

According to the American Automobile Association, 1.2 million car wrecks occur annually in the U.S. as a result of wet weather. Driving on wet pavement cannot always be avoided, but fortunately, good driving habits that South Carolina residents can practice can reduce their chances of getting in an accident.

When roads are wet, drivers should be certain to keep plenty of space between their vehicle and other automobiles. Regardless of weather conditions, failure to do this is risky and unnecessary. During wet weather, it is suggested drivers maintain a distance of at least four seconds. When conditions are dry, on the other hand, at least two seconds of space is recommended.

In addition to vehicle spacing, tire conditions are also of vital importance. Drivers should periodically check the pressure of their tires to ensure they are properly inflated. Tread levels should also be checked often, and unless an owner's manual says otherwise, tires should be rotated every 5,000 miles to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.

Potholes pose problems no matter the weather, but they are especially hazardous when pavement is wet. To reduce damage caused by potholes, drivers should not apply their brakes as doing this allows tires roll over potholes in a "relaxed" fashion. If a driver ever begins hydroplaning or skidding, no matter the cause, they should remain calm and attempt to properly steer their vehicle away from potential accidents instead of slamming on the brakes.

When someone gets into a car crash, they may be able to pursue compensation for medical treatment and other damages. Duty of care, a legal obligation that requires individuals to practice safe habits when carrying out dangerous tasks, often comes up in personal injury cases. Establishing that duty of care was abandoned and an accident subsequently took place is often the first step to filing an action in negligence against a defendant.

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