The Most Dangerous Time to Drive when it Rains
First, I would like to ask you a question: When driving in the rain, when is it most dangerous? Is it, 1) When it has been raining for long periods of time; 2) When the sun is out while it is raining; or 3) When it first starts raining? The answer is 3, Immediately after it starts raining. The reason is simple, even if you cannot see it, vehicles leave behind a layer of hazardous materials on the roads such as tire residue, oils, and grease. When it first starts raining, the water breaks the baked-on particles apart and mix with the rainwater, turning it into a very slick coating on the road. This results in dangerous, slippery conditions. Actually, when it’s been raining for a long time the coating is pretty much washed away. The exception being puddles, then the mixture of oils and grease accumulates into one spot, that combined with compromised visibility creates additional troubles. It is important to be extremely cautious while driving when it begins to rain. This is even more important after a dry spell, such as the drought we witnessed last summer. If it looks dark and cloudy, perhaps starting your commute early would be a wise decision. It is always better to be too safe than sorry.