El Nino Is Here! How You Can Avoid a Car Accident

As Southern California drivers know, weather is not generally our biggest concern when it comes to tackling the roads. Now traffic on the other hand… We can count on gridlock on the 101, 405, 10, and just about every side street throughout the San Fernando Valley! However, things are changing this winter — El Nino has arrived.

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, there is an 80% chance that El Niño will continue to rain over California until early spring. This mean that throughout January, February, March, and even into April, California drivers can expect to see colder weather, torrential rainfall at times, and wet roads. For many young drivers, this will be their first time dealing with these less than desirable road conditions. It is important to make sure that whether you are a passenger or another driver on the road, you stay safe and avoid being injured in a serious auto accident.

A few safe-driving best practices for wet roads caused by El Nino include…

1. Keep a Football Field Between Your Car and the Vehicle in Front of You.
When roads are wet, stopping on a dime is challenging, if not impossible. While a safe distance should always be kept between you and the car in front of you, it is especially important to follow this rule of the road when it is raining. If you are involved in a fender bender or multi-car pile up caused by someone who was tailgating, contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and potential for financial recovery.

2. Avoid Using Your High Beams.
Almost instinctively, drivers will often rely on their high beams when traveling in dark, rainy, and/or foggy weather. Be aware that using your high beams when the weather is cloudy can actually impair your vision, as the light will reflect off clouds. Instead, use your low beams.

3. Be Patient.
Yes, traffic will probably be worse when El Nino is acting up. Prepare for this before you get behind the wheel of your car. Perhaps you need to leave earlier or play some calming music during your drive. Either way, know that by driving safely and smartly, you will increase your chances of arriving at your final destination without being injured in an auto accident.

4. Get Help.
If you or your loved one was injured auto accident that was the result of another driver’s negligence.