It rarely rains in Southern California, but when it does there is an increase in traffic accidents on the roadways. While pondering this plight, I decided to examine the list of traffic accidents I was involved in driving in California. To my surprise, three (3) of the four (4) traffic accidents occurred while I was driving in the rain. My unscientific research revealed that when the rain falls in Southern California, the streets become slippery, because oil – leaked from automobiles – has dried on the roadways and once mixed with the rain it creates a sleek surface. Furthermore, motorists who refuse to drive slower when the rain is falling create a hazardous driving experience for the rest of us.
Frequently, while driving in the rain, I witnessed fellow motorists navigating their vehicles in a careless manner. One can only surmise what are these individuals thinking, because before they reach their destination, the potential for them to be involved in a traffic accident is imminent. My unsolicited advice to motorists in Southern California is “please slow down, especially when the rain is falling.”
As we all know, the stress of being involved in a traffic accident is sometimes avoidable. Most of us have seen the wreckage of accidents on the roadways during the rainy season and felt blessed we were fortunate to avoid such incidents. Traffic accidents are financial burdens and once insurance companies are contacted to coordinate fixing the damaged vehicles, the rate of one’s insurance cost can be increased. Also, the motorists involved in traffic accidents have to pay deductible fees to have their cars repaired. Some insurance companies even cancel policies if motorists have too many accidents on their driving records.
We, Californians, are in love with our iconic cars. I sometimes have to remind myself how our cars can unintentionally be used as weapons. And, in the rain, where motorists visibility might be impaired, traffic accidents can involve fatalities. My suggestion is drive slower and you will increase the potential of getting to your destination safely, especially when the rain is falling.