Everyone is done and tired of winter. We sure are! Now we just have to go through this weird transition period called spring before we get to all that awesome heat! While spring flowers bring May flowers, it also brings a lot of slippery roads and dangerous driving conditions.
Thanks to our buddies at State Farm, we have some great information to share about driving in wet weather conditions. According to a recent news release, “74% of all weather- related crashes happen on wet pavement. Contrary to what most think, only 17% of weather related crashes occur during snow or sleet.”
In fact, according to U.S. Department of transportation, most people tend to be more cautious while driving on snow and ice, but aren’t as cautious while driving in the rain. But why are wet roads so dangerous? A little rain never hurt anyone, right? Wrong:
“In the periods between rainfalls, oil and grease build up on the roads and the warm sun keeps the oil and grease in a liquid state. The most dangerous time for slick roads in rain is shortly after the rain begins and there is a thin layer of water on the roads. Once it starts to rain, the oil and grease float on top of the water creating a very slick surface. The roads are most slippery in the first half hour after it starts to rain. Eventually, the oil and grease will be washed down the drains and the roads will lose that slick coating of oil, but that is not the time to relax because, as the rains increase, the conditions for hydroplaning increase.”
Now that you know the risk, here are some road savvy tips from State Farm:
- Making sure windshield wiper blades and headlights are working well. Replace blades at least once a year for best results.
- Checking that rear and brake lights are functioning properly. They help your vehicle be seen in rainy weather.
- Turning off cruise control. When roads are wet it is best to allow the driver to control speed and react to conditions.
- Reducing your speed on wet surfaces and allowing a safe following distance.
- Paying attention to flood warnings and barricades. They’re typically placed in areas where flooding occurs often and can be potentially dangerous.