Mild Winter Means Better Forecasts for Road Conditions

For most of the world, this winter has proven to be mild season. Except for a few extreme weather swings such as Storm Ciara in Europe and the blizzard “monster” in the northeast United States, the 2019-2020 winter weather temperature has been warmer than average.  We have moved on from the expectations of a snowy winter and as we enter April, are making plans for spring. But even though this winter didn’t bring the traditional arctic weather, there are still several weeks left for potential hazardous road conditions. In fact, roads in a mild winter can be just as, or even more dangerous.  Unseen Dangers According to the U.S. Department of Transportation a vast majority of weather-related accidents occur because of rain or low visibility and were responsible for more crash fatalities than snow in 39 of the 50 states between 2009 and 2013.  Hydroplaning was one of the main reasons for car crashes related to wet pavement and rain. Hydroplaning occurs when tires are separated by a thin layer of water and lose traction. The result is loss of steering, braking and power control. Since hydroplaning can occur at speeds as low as 35 mph it is a high risk even when driving slower. Low visibility in rain and fog is another top reason for weather-related accidents. Research has shown that fog-related crashes are deadlier because fog can develop rapidly and reduces visibility to less than a mile, meaning that objects are not visible until the last minute.  Fog occurs…

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