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Tips for safer wet weather driving in Georgia

Georgia readers might be interested to learn that wet weather causes 1.2 million motor vehicle accidents each year, according to statistics published by AAA. It is especially important in wet weather for drivers to check tire tread depth, maintain distance, avoid potholes and remain calm in the event of a skid.

A convenient way to check tread depth is to stick a quarter into the trough. If the top of President Washington's head is visible, the tread may be too worn for safe wet weather driving. Tire pressure is important too, but it should be noted that the maximum pressure listed on the tire is not necessarily the optimum level. Correct tire pressure varies by vehicle, and the vehicle owner's manual should specify the proper level.

On dry pavement, the rule of thumb is two seconds of separation between vehicles on the road. In wet weather, though, stopping distances are increased, so it's a good idea to maintain at least four seconds of distance. Rain, snow and other precipitation can damage roads, causing potholes. They form due to the expansion and contraction of water as it freezes and thaws, and they may appear without warning during wet weather conditions. Driving over a pothole may damage a vehicle's tires, wheels or alignment, or it may cause the driver to lose control.

If the vehicle goes into a skid, the driver should remain calm and steer the wheel to correct the skid. Hitting the brakes may send the vehicle further off-balance. In a situation where an individual has been injured in a wet weather automobile accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation for the damages that have been incurred through the filing of a personal injury lawsuit.

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