Georgia State Patrol offers advice for rainy-weather driving
Published 5:51 am Saturday, July 27, 2013
Special to The Post-Searchlight
With the recent rainy weather, the Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers to be prepared before hitting the roads.
Troopers offer the following safety tips for rainy day travel:
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• Inspect your vehicle’s windshield wipers and replace old or worn wiper blades;
• Check the tread condition and pressure in each of your vehicle’s tires;
• Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination;
• Slow down — remember it takes longer to bring your vehicle to a stop on wet roads. Higher speeds increase your chances of hydroplaning;
• Increase your distance from the vehicle ahead and be prepared for sudden stops or needing to take evasive actions;
• Georgia Law requires headlights to be on in the rain. If your vehicle is equipped with automatic headlights, manually turn the lights on during daylight hours when it is raining;
• Thunderstorms may cause traffic signals to malfunction. A red flashing signal means stop. A flashing amber signal means to exercise caution when entered the intersection. When the light is completely not working, treat the intersection as a four-way-stop; and,
• Minimize distractions inside the vehicle. Driving, especially on wet roads, requires your full attention.