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Two main factors contributing to dangerous driving conditions include wet roads and lack of visibility. Both present winter driving hazards and are reasons for winter driving accidents.
Roughly, ¼ of auto accidents are caused by adverse weather.
The USDOT Federal Highway Administration data lists an average of 1,705 deaths and 138,735 injuries per year due to snowy and icy roads. These figures represent the 10 year average between 2007 and 2016.
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.
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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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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published November 11, 2019. It was reviewed on November 9, 2022 and updated for content and accuracy.