Insights: Why driving in the rain is more dangerous

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In the wake of heavy and long hours of downpour, motorists face a higher risk of causing accidents than usual.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, rainfall is a prominent factor in nearly half of all weather-related accidents.

The Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley website reports that the rain can physically decrease a vehicle’s ability to perform as intended. Even small to moderate amounts of rainfall can push motor oils to a road’s surface, decreasing tire traction. Rain can also hide major hazards such as potholes and debris.

Then there is the human element. The rain can affect a driver’s visibility, roadside awareness, and ability to control their vehicle. When motorists do not adjust their driving habits for rainy conditions, accidents are likely to result.

Cars that travel too fast run the risk of hydroplaning. Cars that follow too closely behind each other may not leave enough room to stop in the event of an emergency. Whether due to inexperience, overconfidence, or negligence, the failure to take extra precautions in the rain can put everyone on the road at risk.

Nairobi Senator Esther Passaris in the same vein shared her insights on how to drive safely in the rain:

1. Slow down

2. Increase your following distance

3. Grip the steering wheel with both hands

4. Ensure windshield wipers are in shape

5. Defog your windows

Now with knowledge on how driving poses danger on the roads, and how to avoid them, drive safe now, will you?

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