If you’ve ever driven on a road, you know how much weather can impact driving conditions. Everything from rain, sleet, snow, and even wet pavement can cause tragedy on highways and roads. The crash and death statistics from the Federal Highway Administration are shocking, and further show how important it is to be aware of your surroundings and stay off the road in dangerous conditions.
The number of crashes per year due to wet pavement? Nearly one million. Wet pavement is the leading cause for car accidents, followed by rain. Sleet and snow attribute to over 200,000 crashes, icy pavement for over 150,000, and slushy pavement for 174,446. Don’t let even the smallest amounts of rain or slush fool you- take extra precaution when the road isn’t a normal, dry condition.
Unsurprisingly, wet pavement is attributed to the most deaths on the road per year too. The higher number of accidents caused = the higher chance of death. Nearly 4,500 people are killed every year due to wet pavement, over 2,700 from rainy driving conditions, 739 from snow/sleet, and under 600 for both icy and slushy pavement. If these numbers indicate anything, it’s this: no mater the condition of the road, drivers need to take it slow and know what’s happening around them.
Too many people suffer each year due to crashes and deaths caused by weather conditions. If you absolutely have to get on the road, drive slowly and watch your surroundings carefully. Get tips on how to drive as safely as possible in wintry conditions from Stephanie Abrams, who will show you how visibility and tire traction are affected by various types of precipitation.