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Five Ways That Rain Contributes to Car Accidents

Weather conditions play a significant role in road safety, with rain being a leading factor in many vehicular accidents. Understanding the risks associated with rainy weather is crucial for drivers. To enhance awareness and promote safer driving practices, we at Phillips & Associates have put together a list highlighting five key ways rain contributes to car accidents.

Reduced Visibility

Rain, especially when heavy, dramatically lowers visibility on the road. This limited visibility can make it difficult for drivers to see other vehicles, pedestrians, and road signs, increasing the likelihood of collisions. To mitigate this risk, it is crucial to drive at a reduced speed and ensure that windshield wipers are functioning properly during rainy conditions.

In addition to slowing down and ensuring your windshield wipers are effective, we suggest applying a water-repellent treatment to your windshield. This treatment can help water bead and roll off more efficiently, improving visibility.

Loss of Traction

Wet roads significantly decrease the friction between tires and the road surface. This can lead to hydroplaning, where a layer of water causes the vehicle to lose contact with the road, leading to loss of control. Maintaining adequate tire tread depth and reducing speed can help prevent hydroplaning. Also, practice gentle acceleration and deceleration, as abrupt changes in speed can trigger loss of traction.

Longer Stopping Distances

Rain makes roads slippery, increasing the distance it takes for a vehicle to come to a complete stop. This means that following too closely behind another vehicle in rainy conditions can result in rear-end accidents. Drivers should maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front to allow ample space for stopping. We also recommend using the "time interval" method, staying at least three seconds behind the vehicle in front of you ad adjusting for even more time in heavier rain.

Malfunctioning Vehicle Equipment

Existing issues with vehicle equipment, like worn brake pads or ineffective headlights, can become more pronounced in rainy weather. These malfunctions are hazardous and can contribute to accidents. Regular vehicle maintenance is essential to ensure that all systems are in good working order. So, remember to conduct regular checks of headlights, brake lights, and turn signals, not just brakes and tires. Ensuring all lights are functional improves visibility and communication with other drivers.

Driver Behavior

The behavior of drivers during rain is a critical factor in weather-related accidents. Overconfidence in wet conditions, speeding, and distracted driving can have serious consequences. It is vital for drivers to be extra cautious, adjust their speed, and remain attentive to the road during rainy weather. Consider enrolling in a defensive driving course that offers wet weather driving techniques. These courses teach skills like understanding how to recover from a skid and how to interpret road conditions effectively. As an added bonus, many auto insurance companies will give you a discount on your insurance upon proof of completing such a course.


At Phillips & Associates, we believe that awareness and preparedness are key to reducing the risk of accidents during rainy weather. By understanding how rain affects driving conditions and adjusting driving habits accordingly, drivers can contribute to safer roads for everyone.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, contact Phillips & Associates for a free consultation today. You will immediately be put in touch with John Phillips or Patrick DiFilippo, who can help determine whether you have a case and advise you on the best course of action moving forward.

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