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How to drive safely in a Michigan rainstorm

As we move into the spring months, you can expect the weather to change. As a resident of Michigan, you know it won't be long before the rain begins to pour.

Driving safely in a rainstorm is easier said than done, as there are others on the road. So, even if you do your best to avoid an accident, someone else could throw caution to the wind.

Here are some of the steps you can take to drive safely in heavy rain:

  • Slow down: Not only does this increase your stopping time, but it also helps you with visibility. If you're not comfortable driving the speed limit, slow down until conditions improve.
  • Use your headlights: This allows you to more easily see the road ahead, as well as other vehicles and pedestrians. It also increases the visibility of your vehicle, which cuts down on the risk of another person striking you because they don't see you.
  • Watch for standing water: Hitting standing water at a high rate of speed can cause your wheels to lose contact with the road. Known as hydroplaning, this has the potential to result in an accident.

Should another driver cause an accident in a rainstorm, move out of the flow of traffic and stay in your vehicle. This alone improves your safety, as it protects against another accident.

You should also call 911 so that police and an ambulance can rush to the scene to assist you (and others). Once you're comfortable doing so, contact your insurance agent and seek out other ways to obtain compensation from the negligent driver.

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