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Is driving in rain or snow more dangerous?

Certain weather conditions can increase the likelihood of car accidents occurring in Indiana and other areas. Many people automatically think driving in the snow is more dangerous than driving in the rain. This is what studies and statistics have shown on this topic.

Wet roads cause more car accidents

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 73% of all motor vehicle accidents caused by weather involve wet roads. Out of those collisions, around 46% occur during rainy weather while only 17% happen in the snow. This shows that rain is a more dangerous weather condition for driving than snow.

People are also more likely to shrug off rainy weather when they get behind the wheel. They assume that snow is more dangerous because it accumulates on the roads and can freeze, causing icy conditions that lead to vehicles sliding and skidding. When it rains, some people fail to slow down or use other safety precautions as they would in snowy conditions.

Car accidents caused by rain are also more likely to lead to fatalities. A study showed that areas with less snow saw more crashes resulting in death. By contrast, accidents in snowy areas saw fewer deaths.

Driving safely in wet weather conditions

One of the biggest reasons for severe car accidents in heavy rainfall is hydroplaning. This causes your vehicle to ride on the water while your tires lack traction. If you’re in this situation, slowing down by easing off the gas and applying light pressure on your brake while avoiding steering can help prevent a disaster.

Always use your lights while driving in rain. Maintain extra space between your car and the one in front of you. It helps if you have to suddenly stop and lets you avoid a rear-end collision.

Be smart while driving, and avoid distractions regardless of the weather. Avoid slamming on your brakes or making sharp turns. If the rain is heavy enough to compromise your vision, stay in, and avoid driving if possible. If you’re already on the road, pull over and wait for it to ease up.

You should always be extra alert when driving in rain or snow. Use common sense, and you can stay safer on the road.