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When people here in New Jersey start losing sleep about driving this time of year, those nightmares usually involve snow.  It’s perhaps surprising, but true: When the rain starts to fall and pavement is wet, the likelihood of a crash is higher than during wintry conditions like snow, sleet and ice, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (NHTSA).

With the warm weather we’re having, it’s more likely that, in the near future at least, you will encounter rain rather than snow while driving.


SLOW DOWN: Driving too fast for conditions is especially dangerous on wet pavement because your tires lose traction with the precipitation, says Bill Van Tassel, Ph.D., manager of driver training programs for the AAA national office in Orlando, Florida. “When roadways are wet, the friction is reduced between the tire and the road,” adds Debbie Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, which offers defensive driving courses.

No friction is a bad thing. Tires are meant to grip the roads, not slide on them.  How much does traction decline in wet weather? “You might lose about one-third of your traction,” Van Tassel says. And that figure is why this recommendation makes sense: Reduce your speed by about a third when it’s wet or rainyIf the speed limit is 55 mph, aim for under 40 mph. “That is not a hard statistic but a rule of thumb,” he says.

BACK OFFForget the old rule about keeping a certain number of car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you, Van Tassel says. Focus on staying 3-4 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you in dry conditions. Watch the vehicle in front of you as it passes a fixed marker, such as a street light, he says. Then count 3 seconds. Add more time if it’s raining, staying about 5 seconds behind.

For each additional driving challenge, add another second, Van Tassel says. If it’s raining and you are driving at night, you should aim to be 6 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.

If possible — and in heavy traffic, it might not always be — try to keep from being boxed in by cars in the lanes on either side of you, Van Tassel says. If you have space on either side of your car, you have an easy out in case the vehicle ahead of you stops suddenly.

Be safe,

– Karim


Have you been injured in an accident? If so, call us at


When you contact our office, we will immediately set up a free, confidential appointment where you will meet an attorney who will listen to you and evaluate your case.  We have conveniently located offices in Perth Amboy, New Brunswick, Jersey City, Roselle and East Orange. We understand traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, back injuries and other medical problems caused by accidents and the problems that they can cause in your daily life.  Our law firm will always work to make sure you are compensated fairly.

Whether you were a pedestrian, a bicyclist, the occupant of train, or car, motorcycle, boat or any motor vehicle, or have been hurt at an amusement park or at your workplace, bitten by a dog or injured in a fall down accident, you should immediately call one of the experienced personal injury attorneys at

THE LAW OFFICES OF KARIM ARZADI @ (732) 442-5900, 21-COURTLAW (212) 687-8529, or 1-800-RITELAW (800-748-3529) toll free.

You can even call either number on weekends or after regular business hours. We have offices in MiddlesexUnionEssex and Hudson counties.  call us .


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