An estimated one out of four roadway deaths and 445,000 injuries each year are the result of crashes in some type of inclement weather. Of those fatalities and injuries related to weather, 46% occurred during rainfall, and 73% occurred on wet roads.
In short, rain and wet roads pose serious hazards for your drivers. Chief among them is hydroplaning. It occurs when a tire encounters more water than it can scatter. As speed increases, the tires start to ride up on the layer of water, much like water skiing.
Hydroplaning can happen when driving just 35 mph, and the chances increase when going 55 mph or more. When it occurs, the vehicle loses contact with the pavement and loses traction. This means the driver can’t brake, accelerate or turn — posing a serious roadway situation.