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People always seem to get into accidents in the rain, but why exactly is that so? Since everyone is already driving slower, isn't it supposed to be safer?
Category: Miscellaneous Advice
Here it comes! It's the crashing season once again. I mean, raining season, but what's the difference, really? Whenever it rains, the only things you hear across the various radio stations are accidents. In fact, it was reported, back in 2013, that around 30 accidents would occur on average on days with thunderstorms.
Is it simply due to incompetence behind the wheel? Well, we think it's also inexperience, and a poor understanding of how rain makes things precarious on the road. It isn't simply a reduction of grip but, rather, a mix of conditions that amplifies the risk on the roads. Let's find out more about them.
Wet roads are definitely slicker, that's a no-brainer, you don't need me to tell you that. But you see, the thing is, the slippery-ness, if there's even such a word, vary on different sections of roads.
Dry roads tend to have a consistent coefficient of friction, but when it gets wet, it isn't just the layer of water that works against your tyre's hold on the road. You get debris, oil, algae build-up and all sorts of road grime, resulting in varying levels of grip.
Get caught off-guard by a random slick patch, and you'll lose control of your car possibly leading to a crash. The solution? Use good tyres, drive slower to allow them to do their job of holding to the road surface, and drive carefully.
Ever thought that walking on water will be a cool power to have? Well, you can kind of do it with your car, but you really wouldn't want to.
Hydroplaning occurs when your car's tyres can't disperse the water on the road surface quickly enough, and it ends up riding atop the water surface, sort of like a boat.
This will result in a momentary loss of control, and if it happened while you were making a turn, you will likely end up in a wreck. To avoid hydroplaning, you should avoid worn out tyres, and drive at lower speeds.