The rain produces great foliage. It also creates hazardous road conditions.
As much as we love the wonderful foliage produced by the Northwestern rain, there is definitely a time when we want to say, “Rain, rain, go away.” But it’s not happening anytime soon so we may as well learn to live with it.
Rain is blamed for thousands of accidents every year. Many of these accidents are preventable, yet some drivers don’t realize that they need to drive differently in foul weather vs. fair weather.
When the roads have been dry for a long time, engine oil and grease build up on the asphalt. Then when the rain first starts to fall, the water mixes with this buildup of oil and grease. The mixture causes the road to become extremely slick. Continued rainfall will eventually wash away the oil, but those first few hours can be awfully precarious.
It is also harder to see through the rain. There is a decreased visibility through the moistures action on headlights, windshields and the road itself.
Roads are mostly crowned in the middle. This means the water will run off to the sides. If possible, stay toward the middle of the road helping you avoid pooled water.
Recognize that pot holes can be hiding under water.
Turn on your headlights. This allows you to see the road more easily, however, the most important fact is then other motorists can see you.
If you start to hydroplane, don’t brake suddenly or turn the wheel or you might spin into a skid or jack knife your trailer.
Slow down and stay away from other motorists as much as possible.
Make sure your wipers are in good conditions and functioning properly.
If the temperature starts to drop, double your precautions.
All of these precautions are important regardless of what you are driving. If you are pulling a trailer, these suggestions become even more important.
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