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Driving during the winter months can be a challenge for even the most experienced of drivers. Whether you’re dealing with rain, ice or snow, driving during the winter can present hazardous conditions that set the stage for an increased chance of becoming involved in an auto accident.
In Southern California, we consider ourselves lucky to live in a dry, moderate climate. While much of the nation is under siege from storms and blizzard conditions during the winter, we rarely face such severe winter weather.
One risk factor for Southern California drivers is that when we finally get a rainy day, we are not prepared to drive in the rain. Too often, Southern California drivers continue to drive the same as we do when the sun is out. We also lack experience driving in the rain because of our limited number of total annual rain days.
Another factor impacting Southern California drivers on rainy days is that we are at an increased risk of “hydroplaning” during the initial stages of a rain shower, and during sudden downpours.
While many of our freeways do a good job of channeling rain, heavy downpours can flood highways, roads and streets. In addition to flooding, accumulated road oils can mix with rain to create hazardous conditions. These rain-related conditions may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle and skid off the road, or slide into nearby drivers.
With Armor Insurance as your car insurance agent in California, we can review your policy and discuss changes that may add protection from financial risks associated with driving your car or truck in the rain.
If you are not an Armor customer, request a California car insurance quote, or learn about car insurance options and discounts. Armor’s expert car insurance guidance can give you the peace of mind you’ve been missing!
While we experience few rainy days on an annual basis, we should remind ourselves to exercise more caution when we do drive in the rain.