Wet pavement from the rainy weather of autumn and winter presents adverse driving conditions that account for 60 percent of all weather related fatalities according to the National Safety Council.When pavement is wet, tires can lose contact with the road and prevent the vehicle from braking or steering properly, resulting in a collision. This loss of contact is known as hydroplaning and is generally worse during the first 10 minutes of rain when the water mixes with the oils on the road to create a slippery surface. In these conditions, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends you double your following distance and reduce your speed by half.
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