Wet Roads, Flooding, Increase Risks for Motorists
With forecasters calling for heavy rains and flooding, AAA is reminding motorists that there is an increased risk for single vehicle crashes when roads are wet.
According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are a greater proportion of non-collisions (single vehicle crashes) than multiple-vehicle collisions when roads are wet.
“Rain may seem a welcome relief compared to the weather we’ve been having but wet roadways contribute to more than a million crashes each year,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Commuters may be anxious to get home today but it's critical that they adjust their driving for the conditions".
Especially during heavy downpours when visibility is limited, AAA is encouraging drivers to pull over and wait it out.
“Better to get where you’re going safely than to not get there at all” Parmenter says.
AAA is also reminding motorists NOT to try to drive through flooded roadways or intersections.
“Driving through standing water is especially dangerous because you never know how deep the water is or what you are driving over”, Parmenter says. “We’ve all seen the pictures of cars stuck in the middle of a flooded area. Those drivers are not only putting themselves at risk, they are also endangering those who then must venture into the floodwaters to rescue them”.
AAA offers these wet-weather reminders:
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