As winter approaches, so do wintery weather conditions that can create hazards for drivers. New York gets a lot of snow every winter. However, it is one of the three states with the lowest number of fatal winter car accidents. A recent study has shown that driving in the rain is more dangerous than driving in snow.
Some of the reasons rain is more dangerous
Snowstorms usually come hard and fast, and after the roads are cleared, there is usually an extended period before the next storm. Roads remain dry and safe. But rain can last for weeks on end, causing slippery conditions for extended periods and increasing the chance of a car crash. The visual impact of snow causes most drivers to slow down and be more careful. But many people don’t perceive rain as dangerous, which can lead to reckless driving.
Some tips to drive safely in the rain
Here are some things you can do to avoid an accident while driving in the rain:
- Reduce your speed.
- Turn on your low-beam headlights.
- Avoid distractions.
- Don’t drive through moving water!
- Allow more space between you and the car in front of you.
Hydroplaning happens when your car starts sliding because your tires are riding on a layer of water and aren’t making contact with the road. It can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If you begin to hydroplane, there are some steps you can take:
- Reduce your speed by easing off the gas.
- Gently turn in the direction that you are sliding.
- Once you have traction, slowly accelerate.
While all wintery conditions can make driving more hazardous, there are steps you can take to ensure that you will be safe this winter. Keep calm, slow down, and keep your vehicle in good condition.