Caution, Wet Weather May Be Ahead – Driving Tips

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The return of wet weather is in the forecast and might have a significant impact on driving conditions. Oil on the roadways has built up during the summer months, and once you add water in the form of rain, things can get slick. 

Here is a quick list of driving tips:

Wet weather driving tips

•    Slow down

•    Leave plenty of driving distance, don’t accelerate quickly and don’t brake abruptly

•    Drive defensively and cautiously – your eyes should be looking ahead and down the road so you can see conditions and traffic and will be able to react appropriately and calmly

•    Even if you have a green light, check to see you are safe proceeding through the intersection. 

•    Drive as though you can’t rely on your brakes

•    Check your tire pressure. It should be at least at the level recommended by the manufacturer. As the temperature drops, so does tire pressure 

•    Turn headlights on

•    If you crash, carefully evaluate the situation from inside your vehicle. Don’t immediately get out because it is possible other vehicles might also be crashing near you. 

•    Use a flare, hazard lights or other signaling device to warn other drivers of the crash

•    Don’t use cruise control in freezing, near freezing, or rainy conditions. The powered wheels can lose traction. 

•    Don’t leave your vehicle unattended, warming up in the driveway, a perfect target for would-be car-thieves.

Source: City Of Eugene

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