Rain and Roads; More Dangerous than You Think
Studies done over the last decade show that rain causes more vehicle accidents than snow, ice or any other weather condition. Poor weather conditions result in approximately 22% of the accidents that occur each year. 10% of all accidents are the result of driving in the rain or in rainy conditions. And 16% of accidents are due to wet pavement. There are several reasons why rain causes more vehicle accidents than any other weather conditions. Some of the reasons are:
- Every state experiences some rain, not every state experiences snow or ice.
- Drivers tend to drive less cautiously when driving in the rain than when driving in the snow or driving on icy roads.
- Most people simply don’t understand the risk of wet roads to their safety.
Most people are simply unaware of how slick wet roads can be, especially when it first starts raining after a period of dry weather. Oil builds up on a road during dry periods when driving conditions are good, when it begins to rain and the pavement gets wet, it brings the oil to the road surface making it slick resulting in less traction between your vehicles tires in the road.
In addition, heavy rain can result in standing water on roadways, which cause your car to lose contact with the road, this is called hydroplaning and cause you to lose control of your car. Combine those wet road conditions with reduced visibility and it is understandable how accident rates increase during rainy weather.
To make matters worse, while most drivers understand that snow and ice can result in poor driving conditions, they don’t view driving in the rain with the same understanding causing them to drive less cautiously in rainy weather than they would under other weather conditions.
The truth is there are simple ways to increase your safety when driving in the rain. Here are a few simple tips that are easy to follow:
- Make sure that all equipment is working properly including your headlights, tail lights, windsheild wipers and your tires tread.
- Slow down and keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles on the road.
- Watch out for standing water in the road and if you can avoid driving through standing water slow way down and try and keep at least two wheels on drier pavement if possible.
- Avoid slamming on the brakes. Heavy braking on wet roads can cause your car to slid.
When making a long trip, knowing whether or not you will be driving through rain can help you to be more prepared for driving on those wet roads. Having the new weather app Drive Weather installed on your cell phone can help you keep apprised of the weather conditions all along your driving route. You can even use the special slider at the bottom of the app to determine the best day and time to leave to avoid the worst of the weather.
To learn more about the new Drive Weather app click here: http://driveweatherapp.com/ and drive more safely even on those rainy days.