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MD/VA/DC drivers, what happens when it rains?

OK, this is not a digg (ok maybe a little) against the drivers of the greater Washington DC and Baltimore area... this is all in fun plus I really want to know what really happens when it rains.

Let me back track. I gained my driving privileges on June 15, 1990 in the great state of Pennsylvania, back when there was no road test. Ok, the road test was driving your own car in the parking lot of the State Police parking lot with a Trooper riding shotgun for all of 5 minutes. No real road test. This short test determined weather or not you were granted the privilege to drive at the age of 16. Hardly a breeding ground for graduating good, safe, well mannered drivers. So, what I'm saying is I have no room to talk when it comes to coming from a state with with bad drivers.

Ok, that's clear now...

So the question to my neighbors to the west. Why do you collectively become bad drivers at the slightest inkling of any kind of precipitation? I know you do from experience... I worked this weekend. On Saturday I handled 5 traffic accidents all caused by or involving motorists from the greater DC/Baltimore area, all while it rained or just after it rained. This always happens! I see it on the traffic watch on your news stations that we get here on Delmarva, so I know these aren't isolated incidents of not knowing your surroundings. You are bad drivers in your own areas when it rains too. Was your driver's training as lacking as mine was in Pennsylvania?

Now, I know none of the my fellow forum members are bad drivers. Like I said above this is not a digg to my SLK driving comrades but since many of you reside in the area around our lovely nations capital and beyond, maybe you can offer some insight as to why this mysterious phenomenon happens.
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This topic has popped up often here. IMHO it is in part technical and part from ignorance. First, we've all been going through a long dry spell (well, on this side of the Atlantic), so when it rains it brings all the oil and rubber to the surface making it extremely slippery. Secondly, people fail to realize this!

I'd be curious to know what kinds of vehicles "caused" the accidents. Again in my opinion, we have a generation of drivers that think 4 wheel drive (especially in huge SUVs...) is somehow magic and will "grip" the road regardless of conditions. As my Dad used to say, four wheel drive will allow you to get stuck where no one can come and help you. He was in the Royal Canadian Artillery during the war and instructed on anything that moved, Brit or US pattern, wheeled or tracked.


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2 mini vans, 2 SUVs and an Altima. All rear ended the car in front of them in slow moving traffic.
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I think Der-Flieger makes a great point. The "oil on the road" is really bad where it doesn't rain very often. I have been told by a cabbie in Vegas when it rains it's like a Slip-and-Slide.

The only other thing I can think of is that bald tires do just fine on dry roads. It's just when you put a little water on them that the lack of tread causes a problem.

That said, I agree with the OP that we have way too many "You're too stupid to drive a car" people on the road nowadays. I'll repeat an idea that I heard somewhere else and agree with. You issue all of us Dart Pistols. Whenever we see someone doing something stupid on the road we shoot their car with a dart. When a police officer sees a car with more than "X" darts on it they pull them over and take away their drivers license.

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You issue all of us Dart Pistols. Whenever we see someone doing something stupid on the road we shoot their car with a dart. When a police officer sees a car with more than "X" darts on it they pull them over and take away their drivers license.

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I like this idea until spite becomes involved.


As for the slick road conditions, I don't see that as a factor. I work in an area with a high volume of tourists from all over the eastern US. Consistently, I see drivers from the area in question engaged in bad driving habits more than say NY, NJ, and PA... and it seems to come out more when it rains.
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hmmmm profiling?!?
can't imagine being a cop...tough tough job.


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hmmmm profiling?!?
can't imagine being a cop...tough tough job.
If I wasn't profiling I wouldn't be doing my job, .
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