Driving Safely in the Rain


Photo by Owen Davis

On late Thursday night at 11:41 p.m,  a devastating crash occurred on Highway 101 that killed two teenage high school students, and left three others with major injuries. While driving, the car hit the center divider and ultimately flipped over onto the southbound lanes. The cause of this crash was investigated by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and was found to be solely due to wet road conditions. 

This horrific incident can act as a reminder to young drivers at Casa Grande: to drive with caution at all times, especially during unsafe and dangerous weather conditions. 

As California residents, rain is seldom seen in large quantities. Nevertheless, with the recent atmospheric rivers storming through the west coast and rainfall expected in the future, it is crucial drivers reevaluate their approach to driving in unsafe conditions. 

While driving in the rain, it is important to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. On wet roads, slamming on the brakes may lead to losing control of the car and unintentional crashes. Sudden braking can cause the wheels to “lock up” or lose traction on the ground, further increasing the likelihood of losing control of a vehicle.

It can be difficult and stressful to drive at times such as these. However, remaining patient behind the wheel is critical as traffic naturally moves at a slower pace in the rain. As much as one may be able to control their own car, controlling the moves of others is impossible. Therefore, remaining attentive and alert at all times is the only way to ensure a safe drive. 

Although the worst of the storms appear to be over, these driving tactics will be invaluable when the next round of rain comes along.