We are expecting heavy rain in Southeast Texas overnight and through tomorrow. Flash flood warnings are in effect with this weather forecast. It is a busy time of year to be worried about the weather, therefore, as you are out, stay safe!
Travelers.com offers some helpful tips to drive in all types of weather. If you think you are a pro, it is still worth the time to slow down, allow extra space between vehicles, and be cautious. For new drivers, it can be especially nerve-wrecking to drive in bad weather. Share this with a new driver you know.
As we know, heavy rain can make it hard to see and can make driving conditions difficult. Heavy rain can also cause hydroplaning, which makes steering and braking a challenge. Here are some tips from Travelers.com:
- Take your time. Slowing down is the only way to keep your vehicle from hydroplaning. Also remember that one of the most dangerous times to drive is soon after it begins to rain, as oils on roadway make for slick conditions. Waiting a few minutes, rather than rushing to your destination, can be a safer plan when it is raining.
- Turn your lights on. Turn your headlights on to help other vehicles see you. Many states require the use of headlights during rain, even in broad daylight.
- Give other vehicles more space. Add 1-2 extra seconds of following time in the rain, which gives you and the cars behind you more time to react to traffic.
As always, if you see standing water on the road – "turn around don’t drown!” It is worth the extra time compared to underestimating how much water is really on the road. Stay safe this weekend.
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