Every driver knows the basic traffic laws. You follow the speed limits and traffic signs. When driving in hazardous conditions, you not only have to pay attention to the posted speed limit signs, but you also need to consider the conditions.

The road may have a speed limit of 70 mph, but are there certain conditions in which 70 MPH is too fast? As the autumn approaches, it is time to think about how to drive appropriately in wet weather. Otherwise, it may be a reckless driving charge.

What is reckless driving?

Reckless driving, according to the North Carolina legislature, states that a person who drives on a public road or highway cannot drive carelessly or in wanton disregard for others’ safety. If you drive without caution and in a speed or manner that could endanger others or property, this is reckless driving. Rain and flash flooding can cause dangerous driving conditions and hence normal driving patterns may in turn be reckless.

How can you stay cautious in wet weather?

To stay cautious in wet weather, your car must be in good shape. Your brakes and tires must function properly. The North Carolina Department of Transportation provides some tips on wet weather driving:

  • Turn your headlights on and use your windshield wipers, no matter the time of day
  • Drive approximately 5 to 10 miles slower than the speed limit
  • Do not drive in flooded areas

If you catch your vehicle hydroplaning, you should take your foot off of the gas and apply the brakes steadily.  Never stomp on your brakes.