wet weather driving tips

03/19/2012

With the potential for rain in the forecast for the next several days, Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor reminded motorists to prepare for driving in rainy conditions and encourage driver caution in an effort to avoid potential crashes.

Chief Tabor said the Fayetteville Police Department investigates numerous crashes during times of rainy weather and many of these crashes are avoidable. Some of the contributing factors include speed too fast for conditions, following too closely, failure to yield and careless driving. The Fayetteville Police Department offers the following safety reminders to motorist:

Allow a safe driving distance, at least three seconds of space between vehicles.

Slow down. The faster your drive, the greater your chance of hydroplaning. Allow additional travel time.

Make sure windshield wipers are in proper working order and if you are using your windshield wipers, Arkansas State Law requires you to turn on your headlights.

Never drive through moving water. It only takes a few inches of water to sweep away a vehicle.

Give 100 percent attention to driving. Inattention is a common contributor to crashes.

Don’t drive into areas of standing or fast running water.

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