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It's Not the Rain, We're Just Bad at Driving

Learning to follow traffic rules and regulations isn't just so that you don't get caught violating them. It's for everyone's safety. But it wouldn't matter if somebody, who has no apprehension whatsoever about such rules, is given a license. That's the grievance driving instructors have with driving exams being used not just in Washington state, where people seem to find themselves having more road accidents when it rains, but also with the rest of America.

More collisions happen when roads are wet, the Washington State Patrol confirms. In particular, the first rain after it’s been dry for a while can bring all the leaked oils and fluids from cars to the surface, and it’s hard to get traction on a road that slick.
But if we’re being honest with ourselves, the answer might be simpler: We’re not that good at driving in the first place.
Bad behind-the-wheel behavior isn’t isolated to the Puget Sound region. Compared to the rest of the world, Americans are mediocre drivers at best, said Mark Hallenbeck, director of the Washington State Transportation Center at the University of Washington.

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Here in Portland where it also rains a lot, I noticed a pattern: people drive badly when the weather starts raining. Then, they adjust to it. This happens every year.
This past week, when the weather turned from sunny to rainy, there was a spike in traffic accidents. Then, as the week (and rain) continues, traffic accidents sort of went away. It's like people "forget" how to drive in the rain.
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Ok so speaking as a Seattlite, more people have accidents here in the rain because they are all transplants not used to driving in the rain. They all come here from California or Texas or wherever and have no clue how to drive in the rain. Plus 80% of them now are staring at their damn phones while they drive instead of the car in front of them! This is where the accidents come from. I had two accidents as a result of people hitting me from the rear and then two other cars hitting THEM in the rear merely because I had to stop suddenly... but I paid attention and didnt hit anyone; unfortunately no one behind me paid attention and two other cars just all plowed into each other. This happened MULTIPLE times!! Not I am always slowing down pre-emptively to make sure morons don't tailgate me and start paying attention and look up from their phones.
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