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Roughly, ¼ of auto accidents are caused by adverse weather.
The USDOT Federal Highway Administration data lists an average of 1,836 deaths and 136,309 injuries per year due to snowy and icy roads. These figures represent the 10 year average between 2005 and 2014.
Two of the main factors that contribute to dangerous driving conditions include:
Wet roads present hazards in all seasons, making it easier to skid and collide into other vehicles. In the winter time, wet roads reflect glare up to twice as much as a dry road. In addition, a snow-covered road increases the glare even more. But a bigger hazard is that of black ice.
Black Ice — clear water that has frozen on dark roadway –is found frequently on bridges, below overpasses and in areas surrounded by trees. It is found when temperatures are near or below freezing and can form even when not raining or snowing. We often refer to it as the deadliest of all winter driving hazards.
Driving in snow, ice, sleet and rain makes driving that much more challenging. Precipitation and cloud cover can reduce light levels during the daytime. Low levels of light make it harder to judge distances and speeds. Oncoming headlights reduce your vision even more.
Lack of Visibility. The combination of snow, slush, ice, rain and salt on your windshield is absolutely blinding. Lack of visibility is one of the top reasons for winter driving accidents. Inclement weather and precipitation significantly reduce visibility.
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