If you must drive, please take heed. After a long dry period, oil accumulates on the road. On first rain, it always lifts off en masse, making the roads quite slick. The first half hour of rain has super slick driving conditions, as the dried up road oil lifts and dissipates.
To ensure your safe arrival, please slow down and increase your following distance. No matter what, you’ll never be able to go faster than the car in front of you. So take a deep breath, and drop back.
During regular road conditions, ICBC recommends you follow three seconds behind. To count it out, pick a point like a shadow, a line on the road, or a hydro pole, and as soon as the car in front of you has passed it, start counting. A thousand and one, and thousand and two, a thousand and three. At that point, you should be now passing that target.
In a first rain following a long dry period—especially in that first half hour—increase that distance to four or even five seconds.
Dawn and dusk is deer-on-the-road time, so look for them as well.
Slow down, and arrive alive!
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