PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- Basing a car-buying decision around a weather-related variable such as rain may not be the wisest decision, but as spring stretches toward summer it'll seem far more sound with each passing squall.According to the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, wet roads account for roughly 1.13 million crashes each year, 75% of all weather-related crashes and 18% of vehicle crashes overall. That number shrinks only somewhat to 707,000 crashes, or 47% of weather-related crashes and 11% of all crashes, when you narrow wet-pavement incidents down to just rain.
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