Southern California, known for its sunny skies and mild weather, faces a unique challenge when the rain comes pouring down. The region, accustomed to dry conditions for the majority of the year, often finds itself grappling with an increase in traffic accidents during rainy days. This blog post delves into the multifaceted reasons behind this surge, supported by statistical evidence, and explores preventive measures that can be taken by both drivers and local authorities to mitigate the risks associated with rainy day driving.
The Rare Rain: A Catalyst for Chaos
In Southern California, rain is a rare visitor, making its appearance felt in brief, sporadic episodes. This infrequency leads to a buildup of oil and debris on the road surfaces, which, when mixed with rainwater, creates slick, treacherous driving conditions. The first rains are particularly dangerous, as months of accumulated oils make the roads more slippery than at any other time.