Originally Posted by EGT Limited
Just came through the rain storm in Conroe/Woodlands and even as an "old Marine" I can't come up with enough 4 letters words for the drivers on I-45 driving w/ their flashers on! Come on people get your Heads out of your A$$E$ if you can't see then pull over, get of the road and stay there! Or learn how to drive in weather.
Sorry for the rant, but there are some really stupid people in this town!
EGT - pulled my head out of my ***** just long enough to double check the Texas Drivers Handbook.
Slowing down and the 4-ways has nothing to do with not seeing because of the rain. It has everything to do with the fact it takes longer to stop or slow down a car on a wet road.
Several pages in the TDH make reference to slowing down when the weather is inclemant. Here's one:
2. A Good Driver – knows when he should slow down.
- Slow down when the road is wet (rain, snow, sleet). Many drivers find out too late what a little rain can do. Roads become slippery when wet, making your car harder to control. The only wise thing to do is slow down. Make sure you have complete control of the situation at all times.
So, why do people who do the correct thing and slow down in inclement weather feel the need to put their 4-way flashers on? Here's why I do it (again from the drivers handbook) -
Stay at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you. In bad weather increase the time to at least 4 seconds. Watch the cars ahead of you. Be ready if one of them should stop suddenly.
It's been my experience that some people drive like it's a sunny day ... even in wet weather. They clearly don't understand how long it takes to stop a vehicle on a wet road. They come right up behind you - and don't understand that you have slowed down to take into consideration the inclemant weather - thus the 4 way flashers. If you should need to slow down further (or stop) to avoid a hazard (a stalled car, or a wreck) the wingnut behind you has no idea and will slam into the backside of your car. This is why multi-car wrecks have become so prevalent. Even with better tires and roads - people still insist on travelling without maintaining proper braking distance. (Notice I didn't say speed - it's not about how fast - but weather or not you can stop in time.)
Albeit, it does drive me crazy when I see folks in the right lane with their four ways on.