Rainfall in the Victorville and the High Desert is at its highest December through March. The storms that bring the rains are also accompanied by higher than normal wind speeds and are often difficult to predict. One thing that you can be sure of, though, is that more rain and higher winds will result in more car accidents and, ultimately, out of pocket costs for medical bills and vehicle damage.
What are some dangers of driving in poor weather conditions and what can you do to protect against them?
Some of the primary concerns for driving in poor weather include: loss of visibility—driving blind, losing control of your car, and being unable to stop in time to avoid a collision.
The easiest adjustment a person can make to his or her driving is to slow down. Often times, a driver will assume that as long as they are going the speed limit, they are being safe. However, posted speed limits are the prescribed speed for the road under ideal conditions. When the road is wet from rain it takes a vehicle a much longer distance to stop. If you adjust your speed for this, you are much more likely to be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.
Speed also has an impact on your ability to maintain control over your vehicle in the event of an unexpected event such as driving over a deep pothole that may be hidden by a puddle. Significant damage can be done to the undercarriage of a car if it is to drive into a pothole at high speeds. Slowing down allows you to pay closer attention to areas of the road that may be worn, and allows you to take reasonable precautions to avoid driving through deep puddles of water that may be hiding a pothole that could do damage to your vehicle or throw your vehicle out of control.
Another concern of driving on wet roads is hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when a layer of water builds up between the surface of the tire and surface of the road. With the water acting as a lubricant between the two, there is no friction to enable the brakes to stop the motion of the vehicle. Thus, a car glides almost uncontrollably along the roadway unable to stop and unable to steer. To guard against hydroplaning, the driver should slow down, try to avoid sudden braking, and always make sure that the tires on the vehicle are not worn and that they are inflated to the proper pressure.
The most basic advice to avoid a collision when the rain and wind kicks up in Victorville, is to (1) always keep your vehicle maintained and services, and (2) use basic common sense in the operation of your car: if visibility is low, slow down and consider turning on your headlights; if the road is wet, slow down to give yourself more time to react; and if there are high winds drive more slowly in order to maintain control over your vehicle on the road. Sometimes, though, the best advice is to avoid driving when the danger posed by the weather is too great—especially in high traffic, low visibility conditions.