WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY: 05/12/21



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Singing in the rain is fun. But driving in it? Not so much. Driving in light or heavy floods, or even just rainy, stormy conditions can cause drivers anxiety. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are on average more than 950,000 automobile accidents each year due to wet pavement, resulting in approximately 4,700 deaths and 384,000 injuries.

Rain actually causes your tires to lose traction. When the road gets wet, the water mixes with the dirt on the pavement, making it harder for your tires to stick to the road. Simply put, rain makes everything slippery, and puddles that form can lead to hydroplaning.

Also, the rain makes it difficult to see. When it starts to rain, turn on your headlights immediately, regardless of whether it’s day or night. Even if it’s only lightly sprinkling, turning your headlights on will help you see the road better. Plus, it will also help other drivers see you. However, do not use your high beam headlights. The light from the beams will reflect off the water in the air, making it harder for you to see.