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Posted on: December 21, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Wet Weather Driving Tips

Police car in the rain

The rain is back in the forecast and Danville PD wants you to remember some important Wet Weather Driving Tips: 

  • Slow down and increase your following distance in wet weather.  
  • Stay toward the middle lanes because water tends to pool in the outside lanes.   
  • Be more alert and watch for brake lights in front of you. 
  • If possible, avoid using your brakes and instead, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.  
  • Keep your headlights on in light rain and in gloomy, foggy, or overcast conditions to help you see the road and help other drivers see you.  
  • "Hydroplaning" happens when heavy rain and fast speeds lead to your vehicle riding on top of a thin layer of water, a dangerous situation that can lead to uncontrolled skidding or drifting out of the lane. If you find yourself hydroplaning or skidding:  
    • Do not brake or turn suddenly. Ease your foot off the gas until the vehicle slows and you can feel traction on the road again 
    • Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid. As you recover control, gently straighten the wheels. 
    • If you need to brake, do it gently with light pumping action. If your vehicle has anti-lock brakes, you may brake normally. 

Stay safe out there!

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