The Dangers of Driving in the Rain: Pt. 1 of 2

As we're coming into fall here in Tennessee, there is no doubt that the rains will coming and most of us will have to drive in wet weather. Although most people don't think of rain and wetness on the roads as a big deal, the reality is that wet roads increase the danger of driving and likelihood of accidents significantly.

To help you avoid serious auto accidents as a results of wet weather, this is the first of a two-part series on safe driving in wet weather. In this first part, we will look at the dangers of driving in wet weather. Then, in the second part of this series, we will look at some precautions you can take before driving in wet weather, some techniques for driving in wet weather more safely and what you should do if you are in an accident.

Are Wet Roads Really That Dangerous?

A recent publication from AAA is filled with valuable information about the dangers of wet-weather accidents and instruction on how to avoid accidents while driving in wet conditions.

Make no mistake: Driving in rainy, wet weather can be extremely dangerous. According to the article, "[w]hen driving in water just one-twelfth of an inch deep, each of your tires has to displace one gallon of water per second." When having to displace water, it is common for the tires get overloaded, causing an almost complete loss of traction.

Water problems are most severe in the earliest part of a rainstorm. The reason for this is the oil and debris from vehicle tires are still present on the surface of the roads. When mixed with water, these artifacts cause greater slipperiness than water alone.

So, how deadly are wet roads, really? According to the USA Today, Rain storms are the most deadly of all weather patterns, causing more deaths than even snow or ice.

It is critical to be safe out there when the roads are wet. Learn more about what you can do to minimize the risks when driving in the rain.

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