April Showers Bring Dangerous Road Conditions

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April showers bring May flowers, and dangerous road conditions. Wet pavement contributes to over 1 million vehicle accidents each year. During this month please be aware of the hazards and perils involved with driving in rainy conditions. Take these five tips to stay safe:

  1. Check your head lights, tail lights, and windshield wipers and replace any parts that are working incorrectly. Reminder: turn on your headlights whenever you drive in the rain.
  1. Ensure proper tire tread depth and inflation. Insert a quarter upside down into the tire groove. If there is space between the tire & President Washington’s head, start shopping for new tires.
  1. Slow down! This seems obvious but bears emphasizing. Leave early to ensure you are not in a rush, higher speeds increases the chances of hydroplaning.
  1. Keep your distance. Generally, allow an extra 2 seconds of following time (additional 2 or 3 car lengths) to allow you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.
  1. If you feel the car begin to skid, focus on looking and steering in the direction you want the car to go. Remain calm; avoid slamming on the brakes to maintain control.

Bonus tips:

    The most dangerous time to drive is as it begins to rain, as oils on the roadway make for slick conditions.
    Stay toward the middle lanes – water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
    Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
    Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.
    Never drive beyond the limits of visibility.

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