Why Do Driver’s Turn Stupid When it Rains?
For the life of me I can’t understand why people feel the need to speed when the roads are wet, especially during heavy down pours of rain. I can almost guarantee that your destination will be there rather you’re here or not. Slow down!
Though I don’t recommend driving in torrential downpour of rain, I have a tremendous amount of experience driving in bad weather. I manage to stay calm for the sake of not making any mistakes on the road, and for the sake of any passengers that may be in my car. Getting everyone home safe is my priority, even if it takes 4 hours to get home on a trip that normally takes 2 1/2 hours to get to your destination.
On Wednesday night, my sister and I drove to Houston to pick up my girl friend from the airport. We hit the road at 2 a.m. to get back to Lake Charles, and to my surprise, because I didn’t pay closer attention to the weather, the sky opened up with a tremendous amount of rain. The were both ok, mostly concerned with rather or not I was ok to drive, considering it was a turn around trip that began at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28.
Thank God we made it home after two stops in Texas, and one stop in Sulphur once we crossed the Louisiana/Texas border. The rain was horrible between Anahuac, TX and Sulphur, LA. We witnessed four automobile accidents while making our way home, and I’ll bet most of it was due to high rates of speed in the rain. It doesn’t take much for your vehicle to hydroplane. Breaking at a high rate of speed in the rain can end badly, I’ve witnessed it, and I’ve also been in a car that hydroplaned once, though nothing bad happened it was scary to say the least.
I know there were several big rigs, cars, and pick-up trucks that passed us at a very high rate of speed. The speed limit does read 65, 70, and 75 mph in certain area, but it doesn’t mean you should go those speed limits when the roads are wet. I don’t care if you’re late to work, your boss and whoever you might be relieving will have to suck it up for the sake of your safety and well being.
I can go on all day with this post, but I won’t. My biggest statement in all of this is to SLOW THE HECK DOWN and not only think about your own safety, but also the safety of others on the road. Don’t be an ass hole. Also, don’t drive in torrential downpours like I have, because it’s dangerous.