Traffic accidents are one of the biggest dangers of heavy rain, and one of the easiest to avoid!
Slow down...posted speed limits are for normal driving conditions. Reduce speeds as needed when roads are wet.
Leave room...leave extra room between your cars and the cars ahead of you!
Avoid hydroplaning...as little as 1/12 of an inch water of water at a speed of more than 35 miles per hour can cause hydroplaning. If you start to hydroplane, let off the accelerator slowly and steer straight until you regain control.
Don't cross...avoid crossing areas where flood water is present. Even a small amount traveling at high speed can cause drivers to lose control.
Check your tires...make sure your tires have enough tread and are properly inflated.
Don't cruise...cruise control can cause your car to accelerate when hydroplaning and reduces driver attentiveness.
Be aware of safety laws in effect during wet weather.
- Drivers must use windshield wipers when it's raining, and they must be in good working condition.
- Headlights must be turned on.
- When a traffic signal is not working, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.