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Defensive Driving Traffic Safety Tips

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Hydroplaning and Slippery Roads

Slow down at the first sign of rain on the road. Losing control of your car on wet pavement is a frightening experience.When a road first starts to get wet is when it is the slickest. The oils, durt and dust haven't been washed away yet and you must drive slower to keep from loosing traction. Steer and brake with a light touch. Use mild pressure on the brake to avoid skidding.


Here are some tips for driving though an avoiding slippery roads:

  • Look for signs warning of slippery conditions.
  • Overpasses and shady areas can stay icy longer during the winter and dry out last.
  • Hot wet days can cause oils to collect at the road surface causing slick conditions.
  • At temperatures close to the freezing point roads can be more slick that when it is colder.