AAA Offers Driving Tips for Heavy Rain

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., (August 7, 2017) – Heavy rain and possible flooding associated with the storm can quickly reduce visibility and create dangerous driving conditions on area roads. AAA reminds motorists to take extra precautions when driving in volatile weather and offers the following extra precautions:

 

  • Buckle up.  Make all your passengers are wearing seatbelts including children in proper child safety seats based on their weight and age.

 

  • Don’t drive distracted.Adjust mirrors, seats and other settings before your start the vehicle.  Also don’t’ be distracted by mobile devices, music, eating or other passengers.

 

  • Turn around if road is covered with water.  If you come to an area that is covered with water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water.  This is especially true at night, when your vision is limited.  Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded road, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

     

  • Keep your windshield and windows clean.  Clean the inside of your windows.  If the glass gets foggy, open a window slightly and turn the defroster fan to a higher speed.  Use your air conditioner to reduce humidity.

     

  • Keep headlights clean.  When motorists drive on wet streets, mud and dirt can splash onto your headlights, reducing illumination by up to 90 percent.  Stop periodically during a long trip to clean your headlights.

     

  • Drive with your daytime running lights or low-beam headlights on at all times – especially on dark or overcast days. 

 

  • Avoid using cruise control in wet weather driving conditions.  This feature works great in dry weather scenarios, but when used in wet conditions the chance of losing control of your vehicle increases. 

     

  • Sudden braking often leads to skids.  Stopping on a slippery surface requires more distance, so increase your following distance.  Focus your attention as far ahead as possible – at least 20 to 30 seconds.  Give a truck or bus extra distance. 

 

These tips and additional information on driving in wet weather conditions can be found in the AAA brochures

Get a Grip:  A Guide to Wet-Weather Driving Techniques.

 

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