Driving in inclement weather is only sometimes avoidable even when staying off Illinois roads when it snows or rains is advised. Emergency personnel, essential staff, and more need to get to their jobs for the state’s safety. When driving in inclement weather, it becomes necessary to put safety first. Understanding the risks of snowy or rainy road conditions, like slick roads, black ice, and low visibility might help increase safe driving practices.
Rain vs. snow
Both the rain and snow present potentially hazardous conditions, although some drivers may wonder which one is worse. A credible argument might suggest driving in the rain is more dangerous because people become complacent with the conditions. They may not adjust their driving behavior as they would in snowy weather. Rain tends to be continuous, and snow falls for shorter periods.
Roads slick with rain are dangerous, as vehicles may lose traction and hydroplanes off the road. Rain also raises the oil from the asphalt creating a slicker and more dangerous situation. Traction suffers in snowy, icy weather, too, as the connection with the asphalt is lost beneath layers of ice. Drivers who travel too fast in weather conditions increase their chances of causing an accident.
Ensuring a car is well maintained during the winter or rainy season increases safety. Putting winter tires or snow chains on a vehicle may boost traction and address some concerns for those worried about motor vehicle accidents.
Drivers who need to venture out in the rain or snow in Illinois need to take precautions before the drive and maintain their attention during the drive. Ensure the vehicle is capable of driving in inclement weather and practice safe driving. Increase the following distance, use headlights and windshield wipers, and reduce speed during rain or snow to make it to your destination safely.