April Showers Bring… Bad Drivers

Apr 15, 2024 | Motorcycle Safety, Road Safety

In order to experience the beautiful May flowers, first we must face those dreary April showers. One thing I think we can all agree on is that when it’s raining outside, everyone suddenly forgets how to drive.  

According to Transport Canada, approximately 18% of fatal collisions occur in adverse weather or slippery roads. However, a more detailed study concluded that the critical reason (the last event in the crash causal chain) was attributed the road environment in only 2% of crashes, and attributed to the driver in 94% of crashes. 

While terrible weather can be the main cause of an impending accident, how you respond as a driver plays a more important – possibly life changing – role in the outcome. You can’t control other drivers, but if you prioritize safety while driving in the rain, you are doing your part. Here are some important things to remember: 


Safety starts before the car does: Before you hit the road, make sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition, all your lights (head, tail, braking, signal) are functioning properly, and you check your tire pressure. 


Slow down and leave room: Wet roads increase braking distances and makes steering more difficult. Driving too fast can result in quickly losing control of the vehicle. Keeping a safe cushion of distance between you and others lessens your chance of a collision if you do need to break suddenly. 


Increase visibility: Even if you’re driving during the day, you should turn on your headlights and use low beams. When it’s dark and rainy, visibility is significantly lower. Using your headlights not only helps you see others but also helps them see you. 


Eliminate fog: Window fog forms when there is a temperature difference between the inside and outside of the vehicle. To decrease condensation and release humidity, turn on your A/C or roll down your windows a few centimeters. 


Pay attention… because others might not: Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, minimize distractions and don’t touch your device. Don’t use cruise control. 


Don’t panic: Even the most careful drivers can end up losing control due to hydroplaning. If you find yourself in a skid, calmly take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go. Avoid making sudden turns or slamming on your brakes. 


It may seem like a just a little rain, but it still means taking extra care while on the roads. Being safety-minded before you get in your vehicle can ultimately prevent you, your friends, or your family members from becoming a fatal statistic. 


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