How to Drive in Rain: AAA Report
TN- Rainy weather is coming to Tennessee this week. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), well over one million collisions occur on rainy roads each year in the United States. About 5,700 people lose their lives in crashes that occur on wet roadways annually. Wet roads and heavy rain create many risks for motorists. When it comes to driving in inclement weather, caution is warranted. AAA writes that it is important to change driving style when operating a vehicle in the rain.*
Some of the advice AAA offered includes slowing down. When the road is wet, cars can sometimes hydroplane on the pavement. When this occurs, tires lose contact with the roadway, causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles. It is important to note that this can occur in even just a half of an inch of water. Even at 35 miles per hour, a new pair of tires can lose contact with the road and cause a devastating crash.
Drivers also need to remember to leave room between their vehicle and other cars on the road. Stopping will take more time in wet conditions, and following a car too closely can lead to a rear-end collision.
Headlights also help, and drivers should use them when it is cloudy or rainy outside. However, motorists should avoid using high beams unless completely necessary because high beams can cause reflections and impair the ability of another driver to see the roadway. Additionally, always ensure that your tires are in good condition. Tires will perform better in rainy weather when they have the correct amount of air pressure.
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