“It’s just water, what’s the big deal?” If you’ve ever verbalized your anxiety about driving on New Jersey roads in the rain, you may have received such a reply. Next time that happens, here’s a smart way to answer: “The big deal is almost half of all weather-related crashes happen when it’s raining. That’s more than twice the number of crashes that happen when it’s snowing or sleeting!” Those statistics come straight from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Most people have been conditioned to fear the hidden black ice that can lurk beneath snowfall. They’re more apt to stay home when it’s snowing or sleeting because it has been drilled into their minds that ice is dangerous. When a winter storm is brewing, businesses and schools may close and most people settle indoors to ride out the storm.
Rain isn’t nearly as big of a deal. Rainfall is common and happens year-round. In most cases, it comes and goes without incident. When you drive in rain, you encounter more cars on the roads. Those motorists are more irritated than afraid of the rain. They’re likely to be frustrated about delays and drive erratically as a result. Aggressive driving and lack of understanding the dangers of wet roads are major reasons why driving in the New Jersey rain is more dangerous.
Driving on a rainy, snowy or foggy day unquestionably is riskier than driving on a sunny, dry day. Unfortunately for most people, it’s just not feasible to entirely avoid driving in wet conditions. If you absolutely must take the wheel when the pavement is wet, heed these tips to reduce your risks of getting into an accident.
Do you know the best tires for wet weather? Do you know when brake pads are worn or when wiper blades need to be replaced? You may not be certain of these things, but we are. For spring car maintenance in Hopewell New Jersey, contact us at Union Line Garage. We’re Jersey natives, and we are familiar with the challenges of navigating New Jersey traffic in the rain. We’ll take care of your prized vehicle so it takes care of you.