How to avoid turning the road into a slip and slide
By Colby Gallagher
As the heavier rain falls, it washes the oils away so officials say don't speed up to try and beat the worst of the storm.
Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:58:27 GMT — As Tropical Storm Andrea makes her way into the southeast, many are seeing heavy rainfall causing dangers to drivers. However, AAA officials and police officers say there are some important tips to follow that can lower your chances of having a rainy day accident.While many drivers think the most dangerous time is when the droplets are coming down quickly, driving instructor Charles Wiley says it's actually within the first 30 minutes of driving as the oils on the roads rise to the top, making them their slickest.As the heavier rain falls, it washes the oils away so officials say don't speed up to try and beat the worst of the storm.Albany Police Department Corporal Jon Segroves says another tip is to make sure your treads on your tires are still there and that the pressure is good as we head into hurricane season. Officials say the more bare and less full your tires are, the higher your chances for hydroplaning, which can happen at speeds as low as 25 miles per hour.Wiley says most importantly if you hydroplane, do not slam on the brakes. Instead take your foot off the gas, try and regain control and pump the brakes so you don't leave the roadway into the more slippery grass.Some other tips to follow include giving about five seconds of time between cars so it gives room for sliding without an accident if you happen to hydroplane and avoiding the use of cruise control.Segroves says cruise control doesn't allow you to control your speed depending on the area of the road which will increase your chances of sliding.Officials say it's important to follow these steps to lessen the risk of accidents during a dangerous time because you never know what can happen.Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!
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