Safe Family: Driving in wet weather

By: Nicole Holt Email
By: Nicole Holt Email

In today's Safe Family report, AAA has a few tips how to keep your family safe while driving in wet weather conditions.

Storms can quickly reduce visibility and create dangerous driving conditions. AAA suggests that when driving in rain, motorists slow down and increase the distance between vehicles to compensate for both poor visibility and reduced tire traction.

AAA offers the following suggestions on driving in wet weather:

-Drivers should regularly clean their windshield and windows, on both the inside and outside. Drivers who smoke should take extra care to make sure their interior windows are clear of a build up of smoke residue.

-Motorists should regularly check that headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are working properly.

-As soon as rain begins, drivers should turn on headlights and windshield wipers. Many states require headlights to be turned on when it is raining or if the visibility is reduced to less than 500 feet.
When visibility is so limited that the edges of the road or other vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, it is time to pull over and wait for the rain to ease up. It is best to stop at a rest area or other protected areas, but if the roadside is your only option, pull off as far as possible, preferably past the end of a guard rail. Keep headlights on and turn on emergency flashers to alert other drivers.

-In stormy conditions, it can be more difficult to see other vehicles, road signs, and even the road itself. It is critical that motorists slow down and take steps so they can see and be seen.

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