AAA provides safe driving tips for stormy weather

Courtesy of AAA
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Heavy rains from Nate could make driving conditions dangerous with wet roads and high winds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drivers have a 70 percent higher chance of having an accident when it rains. 

AAA has many tips for safe travels when severe weather happens in your area. 

Tips for Driving on Wet Roads:

  • Do not restart a vehicle that shuts down in standing water. The restart of a vehicle in standing water could cause extreme damage to your vehicle. 
  • Double check that your tires are properly inflated. Check the tread depth of your car’s tires by inserting a quarter upside down into a tire groove. If you can see above Washington’s head at any point, it’s time for new tires.
  • Reduce your speed and distance yourself from the vehicle in front of you. 
  • Avoid the use of cruise control. You will reduce speed easier without the engagement of cruise control. 
  • Do not use high beam lights. The extra light could blind other drivers and be a distraction to you on the road.
  • Pull off the road if your visibility is reduced. 
  • Turn off hazard lights while driving. You may confuse other motorists and cause a crash. 
  • Abandon your car and seek higher ground if the vehicle stalls in a flooded area. 

Tips for Driving in Strong Winds 

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  • Prepare for gusts  of wind when driving through severe weather.
  • Hold a tight grip on the steering wheel.
  • Drive in these road conditions if it is absolutely necessary. 

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