Georgia State Patrol Offers Tips for Safely Driving in the Rain
TIFT COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at walb.com, a sergeant with the Georgia State Patrol offers safety tips on driving in the rain. With the forecast calling for heavy rain over the next few days, driving conditions may be hazardous. These are as follows:*
Slow down. One of the main causes of accidents during rain is speeding. When a driver is speeding during rain, it can cause the vehicle to hydroplane. Hydroplaning refers to when a vehicle slides uncontrollably on the wet surface of a roadway. This has the potential of making steering and braking difficult so that a driver loses control of his or her vehicle. “So the most important thing is to remember that when rain, start slowing down. Pay attention to your driving and make sure your car is in mechanical condition where is should be. Make sure the tires are good and the windshield wipers are good. Drive safely and pay attention to your driving,” the sergeant said.
Maintain your vehicle to be sure that it is equipped with how to deal with inclement weather. This includes having your tires and brakes checked. When these fail, it can lead to serious accidents, especially during heavy rain and other forms of adverse weather.
Turn your lights on. Be sure to turn your lights when it is raining, even if it is during the day, to increase your ability to see more clearly and also help others to see you. It is also important to note that several states require you to have your headlights on during rain.
Provide other vehicles with more space. This means that you should add a few seconds of following time which offers you with more time to react to sudden traffic conditions.
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