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Breaking down driving in rain vs. in snow

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Most Pennsylvania drivers are used to traveling in a variety of weather conditions. Rain and snow rate as two of the most challenging and dangerous. This is a breakdown of how driving in both compares.

Rain and snow both cause slippery roads

Rain and snow both cause the roads to become wet and can easily cause motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 73% of collisions caused by weather conditions are due to wet roads. However, while snow and ice make driving dangerous, they only account for 17% of weather-related car accidents. Meanwhile, 46% are caused by rain.

Drivers have a habit of underestimating rainy weather; as a result, they don’t take the right precautions such as slowing down, using their headlights during the daytime or gently easing off the accelerator and avoiding slamming on their brakes. By contrast, when it snows, drivers are more likely to avoid driving and stay home if it’s possible to do so.

The biggest problem with driving in the rain is the risk of hydroplaning. This happens when excessive water causes a vehicle’s tires to lose traction with the road. It can cause a driver to completely lose control and get into a severe crash.

Tips for driving in the rain

If you’re driving in the rain, be smart and slow your speed. Turn on your lights and give plenty of space between your car and the one ahead. Never slam on your brakes; slowly reduce your speed before stopping by lifting your foot off the gas pedal.

Stay alert while driving in the rain. Avoid distractions and try to stay in the middle lane to avoid as much excess water as possible. Be especially careful whenever you make a turn to avoid skidding out. If it pours, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe spot to wait it out. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


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