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
- 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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