A rainfall after a long dry spell makes the roads incredibly slippery.
“Rain makes the road surface slippery, especially during the beginning of a rainfall,” explains the learn to drive smart manual from ICBC. “The rain mixes with the oil on the road to create a slippery, oily film. This film washes away with continued rain, but if the rain is light or if it has not rained for a long time, the road will remain slippery longer.”
The forecast for Sooke is calling for rain. (See below.)
As emergency workers know, the chances of accidents happening in the first 30 minutes of a summer rain after an extended dry period are very high.
If you’re driving when the summer rain hits, slow down and increase your following distance to three or four seconds (two is the standard recommendation). To set your following distance, DriveSmartBC recommends: “Let the vehicle in front of you pass a point on the highway, and you should not pass that same point for at least two seconds.”
After the initial increased-slippery conditions of the road, the oil does wash away. Then, steady rain causes two other inter-related dangerous driving conditions:
- loss of traction
Here is the forecast for the next few days. We update this daily on the Sooke PocketNews Weather page.
Wednesday 08/23 20%
Windy, partly cloudy. Low 11C.
Tomorrow 08/24 20%
Partly cloudy skies, with gusty winds developing during the afternoon. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 17C. Winds W at 30 to 50 km/h.
Friday 08/25 10%
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 17C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h.
Saturday 08/26 10%
Sunny. High 19C. Winds W at 15 to 30 km/h.
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