Rainfall Increases Driving Hazards
Slowing down is what Steve Brown said is the most important thing to remember on rainy days. He said rainy days make for more dangerous roads.
"We tend to see a little bit of an increase in the accident rate when it first starts to rain," said Steve Brown of the Columbia Police Department.
This was the first significant rain in a while, and dry spells make roads that much more dangerous. During a dry spell, a film of residue and oil builds up on the asphalt. When the roads get wet again, it makes it very slick and cars on I-70 had to deal with the increased danger.
As a result of the slick roads a semi smashed a car parked on the should up against the guardrail. But, there weren't any injuries.
"Somebody witnessed the car being abandoned yesterday. So, luckily there was nobody in it," said Larry Curtis of the Columbia Fire Department.
The stopped traffic that came as a result of the clean-up caused even more of a hazard.
"We're starting to have wrecks farther back down where people are sliding into the rear ends of each other because they're not giving themselves that cushion or that buffer between the vehicles," Brown said.
Brown said many people don't see rain as being dangerous, which makes wrecks even more likely. In addition to driving slower on rainy days, officials say drivers need to be more alert, and leave more space between their car and the car in front of them.