Attorney Charles Boyk Reminds Ohioans to Drive Safe in Rainy Weather

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With rain in the weekly forecast, Attorney Charles Boyk feels that now is the perfect time to share six simple safety tips for wet weather conditions.

There’s no question that springtime in Ohio consists of many rainy days. With the current weather conditions, Attorney Charles Boyk feels that now is the time to share some of Good Year Tire’s driving safety tips that are essential to follow when traveling on wet roadways.

Six Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain:

1.Reduce your speed – when it is raining, the water mixes with the oils on the roadway creating the perfect conditions for skidding. Reducing your speed will help you to reduce the risk of your vehicle dangerously skidding on the roadway.

2.Do not pump your brakes – Pumping your brakes is not recommended when the road is wet. Instead, apply firm and steady pressure. If the vehicle is skidding, steer in the direction of the skid.

3.Keep a clear distance – maintain a clear distance from the vehicle in front of you as it can take up to three times longer to brake on a wet road compared to a dry road. It is very important to not tailgate in rainy weather.

4.Keep your headlights on – having your vehicle’s headlights on will not only help you to see the roadway, but it will also help other vehicles to see you.

5.Avoid Aquaplaning – this occurs when the water builds up in front of your vehicle’s tires faster than the weight of the vehicle can push it out of the way. This can be very dangerous as your car essentially rises and is on a layer of water. To avoid this from happening, keep your tires at a proper amount of inflation, reduce your speed on wet roadways, and attempt to stay away from puddles. Following the tracks of the vehicle in front of you may also help reduce your risk of aquaplaning.

6.Stop if the rain is too heavy – if the rain is coming down too hard, pull into a safe rest area, or onto the side of the road. If you're on the side of the road, pull off as far as possible and keep your headlights and caution lights on during this time.

Attorney Boyk reminds Ohioans that no one is invincible when it comes to dangerous driving conditions. He stated that drivers must be defensive in unfavorable conditions and drive with the proper caution, adding that, “if you don’t drive with proper caution and end up causing an accident, you would most likely be deemed to be at-fault. The law does not hold Mother Nature accountable.”

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