The roads are slippery from much needed rain, which means you could slide more if you brake too quickly. Over time, engine oil and other substances build up on streets, and when rainwater gets added to the mix, a very slippery combination results.
Always give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. There’s also a chance that you could get water in your brakes, which will cause them to lose their stopping power. Never rush when it’s raining heavily: accidents are even more likely when weather conditions are poor.
Even if it’s only lightly sprinkling, your headlights will help you see the road better. Having your headlights on allows other drivers to see you.
Staying away from standing water (like large puddles) is the best-case scenario, but if you approach it on the roadway and must drive through it, be sure you slow down. If you don’t, you risk hydroplaning and losing control of your car. Passing through deep water could spell trouble for your car’s engine and brakes.
If you can stay off the road, do so. There’s no sense risking an accident if you don’t have to.
Have your mechanic check your windshield wipers, brakes and tires.
Did I mention stay off the cell phone? Get off it and exercise good common sense at all times!
Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna