Did you know the California Highway Patrol receives between 50 to 75 accident reports a day when the weather is dry? This statistic, according to San Diego News 10, was shattered on Thursday, Dec. 16 when the CHP received 71 San Diego car accident reports between midnight and 8 a.m. alone, due to wet weather.
About a third of the car accidents on Dec. 16 occurred in the morning hours, between 6 and 7 a.m. alone. Later, a quarter more of the day’s total accident count occurred between 7 and 8 a.m.
The morning hours, due to low visibility and coastal fog, can be a dangerous but necessary time for travel. All kinds of accidents can occur in wet weather and low-visibility, including head-on collisions and rear-end car accidents, most commonly.
Wet roads for San Diego County are likely to continue through the weekend.
Techniques to stay safe on wet San Diego roadways
- Brake much earlier than you normally would
When you apply brakes with less force and with an increased driving distance, you can help prevent rear-end accidents in San Diego. Braking easier and keeping distance ahead of you will invariably help you in the event you need to slow down safely. Strong breaking will almost always result in a rear-end accident since a vehicle is more inclined to slide across wet pavement.
- Don’t use cruise control in rainy weather if you can help it
Cruise control can actually cause you to unintentionally accelerate if you accidentally hydroplane over a large puddle of standing water. Using cruise control can also increase your response time since your foot is not directly in contact with either pedal. Hydroplane car accidents are all too common during rainy conditions, and cruise control can worsen your chances of having one.
- Don’t cross a large area of running water
Running water can be very forceful when combined with a speeding vehicle and rainy conditions. Crossing a large body of running water, such as a large rain puddle, can cause your car to be pushed sideways, into a ditch, into oncoming traffic, or into a pole or other object. Crashes of this degree can be extremely dangerous since they often involve multiple vehicles.