Drivers who venture out into severe rainstorms face an increased possibility of getting into an auto wreck and sustaining a serious injury. Even light rain may cause some added challenges while driving. Like any road hazard, you should understand how rain makes it harder to drive and the right steps to take to help ensure a safe arrival at your destination.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the consequences of rain hazards are very real, with 70% of weather-related collisions occurring on a wet pavement and 46% happening during the rain. This is due to a number of effects rain has on vehicles and the outside environment.
Forms of rain hazards
Part of the problem with rain is that the rainfall slicks roads and makes it harder for automobile tires to keep traction. As a result, you may need more time to slow your vehicle. High wind gusts may also interfere with your ability to steer your vehicle or keep it steady. As a result of these hazards, some drivers lose control and slam into another vehicle or a physical object.
Rain also cuts down on driver visibility. You might notice that it becomes harder to see vehicles and obstacles up ahead. In addition, rain obscures traffic signals, making them more difficult to notice from a longer distance. If you need to put on the brakes all of a sudden, the traction on the road might imperil your ability to stop before an intersection.
Combating rain hazards with automobile features
The problem of inclement weather is why automobiles need certain features like headlights and windshield wipers. With properly functioning headlights, you increase your chances of seeing around you even with a heavy downpour. Other drivers should have these features as well. While weather may play a part if another driver hits you, the other driver should not lack for functioning headlights, brakes, or anything that may prevent a serious accident.