Drive with Care: The First Rain Can Make for Slippery Roads


Many communities will soon receive their first measurable rainfall after months of dry weather, a situation that often leads to an increase in auto accidents.

As Joseph Rose, The Oregonian‘s commuting reporter, recently explained, “During long periods of dry weather, oils and other fluids from automobiles dry and build up on roads. The so-called ‘first wet’ is indeed the most hazardous. That’s when rainwater loosens the surface oils, creating nasty, greasy driving surfaces that often catch drivers off guard.”

We wholeheartedly agree with his advice to “be cautious. Give yourself extra room to brake. And, for the love of Henry Ford, don’t tailgate.”