The weather this year has been a departure from previous years in that we have weather to talk about that actually impacts how we drive. We've been blessed in recent years in that our Winter driving has been much like Summer driving without all the heat. Not so this year. The fact that Folsom Lake is filling up shows that we have had lots and lots of rain and it means that weather impacts how we drive.
The typical factors we deal with in the valley are sun, rain, snow and fog. When most people are asked they rate snow as the most dangerous driving condition followed by fog and to a lesser extent rain. While snow and fog bring their own issues to the forefront, the most dangerous condition to drive in by far is rain.
Rain causes danger on several fronts and just doesn't get the respect it deserves from drivers in many cases. The rain does a great job of washing oil off of the road surface and that free oil creates slick conditions and a lack of control. The rain decreases driver visibility and forces you to rely on windshield wipers that may or may not be up to the task. The rain may also cause your brakes to function at a lower level than you anticipate and that can cause serious issues and an accident.
Whenever you are driving in a rainstorm, snowstorm or fog, please remember to respect the weather and adjust your driving accordingly. We want to believe that the drivers around us will do the same but listening to the traffic reports shows they don't always respond accordingly.
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