Why do drivers increase speed during rain ?

@elitess (5077)
Ipswich, England
October 24, 2008 3:56pm CST
I mean i understand pedestrians, as they get wet if they don't get faster home, or wherever they are going, but what's up with drivers ? Every time it rains they start speeding up as if it would rain down on them in their cars. It is well known that when it rains accidents are more likely to happen because of slippery road, and increasing speed will only increase their chances. And on a less important notice for them, but more important for pedestrians, while speeding over water across the road you MAY wet the pedestrians on the sidewalks. What do you think on this matter ? If you are a driver, do you speed up while raining ? Why ?
4 responses
25 Oct 08
Hi elitess, I don't drive but i have notice those mad drivers speeding in the rain and sometimes causing accidents on the rosds, and yes I have been splashed while walking on the pavement by a speeding car that drove across in the puddle. Tamara
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
25 Oct 08
They are really annoying, aren't they ? I often wonder if to keep my umbrella pointed up towards the rain, or pointed left / right toward the roads where this speeding driver go through.
@littleowl (7157)
25 Oct 08
Fortunatley I don't drive but have always wondered why drivers speed up when it rains..it will be interesting to see what other mylotters have to say...littleowl
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
25 Oct 08
Thanks little owl. I was curious as well to see what other mylotters have to say about this. I figured that at least some of them must be drivers, so i wanted to hear their side of the story, as ours is very clear
@dieorfly (764)
• Slovak Republic
24 Oct 08
To be honest, mostly I notice drivers speed down during the rain. But of course not all of them. There are some psychopaths who enjoy the rain and fast drive, then I mostly heard about them in TV news and about their car accidents and killed people sad stories but these people will probably never learn from others mistakes. I personally do not drive very fast during the rain cuz I think the risk is just too high. There are often hardly any road lines to see, all that rain drops on your windscreen so your view can be limited this way. I do not want to hazard with my or any other life.
@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
24 Oct 08
Thanks for being honest and responding here. I wish more people would think like you because that way the news would have less road accidents to report and could concentrate on something else. Unfortunately here in my country many drivers accelerate during rain so that's what made me start the topic in the first place.
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yes, speeding up while it rains is very unsafe and only adds to the risk factor for everyone. I think maybe it adds to road rage or unstable emotions while driving. Or maybe the people are anxious to get to their destination... like for example home to put the bikes in the garage. Not sure. Some might find it exciting or something, or forget they aren't pedestrians. I do hate when people get splashed standing near the curbs however! So disgusting :P
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@elitess (5077)
• Ipswich, England
25 Oct 08
Yes, the risk factor increases a lot and the problem is that i wasn't only referring to the drivers that take curbs, let's say that they have an excuse that they did not now that after the curb there would be pedestrians, but the drivers that are going on a straight road and speed up (even over the legal limit) really have no excuse in my opinion.