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El Niño Causes Major Flooding in Southern California

Posted By Schneider Overett || 6-Jan-2016

In case you haven’t looked outside recently, El Niño is finally here! While many Californians are breathing a sigh of relief that rain has finally arrived in the midst of a historic drought, the massive amounts of rain the state will see in the coming months is expected to cause major flooding, landslides, and an increase in traffic accidents. Already, parts of the 5 Freeway have been shut down after the heavy rains turned the road into a lake. Meteorologists are predicting that this year’s storm will rival the storm of 1997-1998, the strongest El Niño on record.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen rain like this, so we at Schneider Overett would like to take the time to remind So Cal drivers of these important wet weather driving tips:

  • Reduce your speed while driving in the rain. Just because the speed limit says a certain number does not mean that the top speed is always safe for current conditions. Decreasing your speed will reduce your chances of skidding or hydroplaning when the roadway is covered in water.
  • Keep a safe following distance between your car and the car driving ahead of you. Tailgating is never a good idea, but it can be even more dangerous when the roadway is wet and slippery.
  • Eliminate all distractions. Keep your undivided attention on the road by putting away distracting items like cell phones, food, etc., that could take your focus off the road. Remember, too, that even hands-free devices can be a source of distraction. Stay aware of your surroundings and keep both hands on the wheel at all times.
  • Heavy rain can decrease visibility and make it difficult to see other drivers. Remember that according to California law, if you need to turn on your windshield wipers, you must turn on your headlights as well.
  • If you feel your vehicle beginning to skid, do not panic – this will likely make the situation worse. Remain calm and continue steering your vehicle while gradually easing up on the brake. Avoid slamming on the brakes, as this rapid action will result in a further loss of control.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can reduce your chances of being involved in a preventable car accident.

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One look at traffic maps reveals how many Sig Alerts are already in effect due to the El Niño storms, and the rains have only just begun. It is imperative that drivers exercise extreme caution at all times while driving. While the weather may legitimately be a factor in rainy day car accidents, it is still the responsibility of drivers to adjust their driving to current weather conditions and maintain control of their vehicle. Aggressive driving behaviors like tailgating or speeding are still considered negligence in rainy conditions and can make the driver legally responsible if they cause injury to another person.

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