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Wet Road Dangers and How to Avoid Them

Wet Road Dangers and How to Avoid Them

As we have witnessed in recent weather events, water can be very dangerous. Since it is in our everyday lives, we don’t often think of its potential hazards. Water and roads, mixed with driving can be a deadly combination. Being aware of the dangers of wet roads and how you can protect yourself just might save you from an unfortunate situation.

Hydroplaning on Wet Roads

The condition of your tires and the amount of standing water on a road can lead to hydroplaning. This is a phenomenon where water builds up under the tires of your car faster than it is pushed away. The vehicle is essentially riding on top of the water with no traction to turn or stop. Your car is now at the mercy of momentum and the flow of the water. Highways in the US are built to arch slightly, higher in the middle and lower at the edges. Many roads, however, are not built to this standard. And even roads that are can experience standing water when significant amounts of rain fall quickly. The state of your tires is a huge factor when it comes to hydroplaning. Lower tread, worn-out tires cannot funnel water outward quickly enough. Driving faster increases the risk as well. When stuck in a big downpour, reduce your speed. And beforehand, check your tires. Is the tread low? Have they not been replaced or rotated in years? Purchasing new tires may be necessary.

Other Wet Road Tips

Keep you and your passengers safe when wet roads lie ahead.

*Slow Down – Maintain an increased distance behind cars to avoid accidents and reduce your speed. Even small amounts of rain can cause roads to be oily and slippery.

*Avoid Standing Water – Judging the depth of puddles is nearly impossible. Don’t drive through them.

*Use Wipers - Make sure your wiper blades are always in good condition, replacing them once a year.

*Turn on Headlights – Many modern cars do this automatically when wipers are engaged or it gets dark outside. If yours doesn’t, be sure to turn them on manually.

*Brake Less – Sudden braking can lead to hydroplaning or a collision. If possible take your foot off the gas to slow down and brake slowly.

*Wear Sunglasses – During a rainstorm sunglasses can often help you see more clearly.

*Pull Over – Should rain become too heavy for wipers to keep up with and visibility is bad, pull over. Be sure to turn off your lights so others don’t follow behind you.

Staying safe on the roads is essential. Even if your ride takes longer due to wet roads, arriving safely is the ultimate goal. Always be alert and extra vigilant when driving in the rain. Should you experience an unfortunate accident and need auto body repairs, Barbosa’s Kustom Kolor in Parkville, MO is ready to put the pieces back together for you. They’ll work with your insurance company and even help secure a rental car. Stay safe out there especially on wet roads!
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Back to School Driving Safety Tips

Back to School Driving Safety Tips

Whether you love it or your dread it, back to school is upon us. Students and teachers are collecting new school supplies, choosing their outfits and getting up earlier as summer draws to a close. For those unaffected by the school schedule, summer traffic is often a pleasant experience. With fewer cars and buses on the roads, travel time to work is often reduced. But that season is over and it’s time to be cognizant of back to school traffic, children, and buses.

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*School buses: When traveling behind a school bus it is wise to allow a greater following distance since the bus will most likely be stopping often. On an undivided road, never pass a bus from behind while it is loading or unloading children. Bus road rules for different types of roads situations vary depending on your state. Always practice patience and caution.

*Young pedestrians: Surprisingly bus-related child deaths are mostly caused while children are walking to or from a bus. Always travel slowly through school zones and heed the directions of the school patrol officer and the crossing guard. Be alert around playgrounds for children darting across the street.

*School zones: When picking up or dropping children off at their schools, again, patience is necessary. All drivers are in a hurry and frustrations can flare quickly. Follow the individual school guidelines for traffic patterns, wait your turn and only drop off in safe, designated areas. Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars in line.

New teen drivers are on the roads

Young high schoolers are now on the roads daily. They lack experience and maybe sometimes the best judgment. Often their young minds don’t consider risky behaviors as truly deadly. A big concern with young drivers is cell phone use. They may have texted or talked on the phone while driving without incident in the past. When “at-risk” behaviors continue without negative outcomes, they often convince themselves it is safe. Parents, teachers, coaches and community leaders need to continually remind teens of the risks. Parents can require young adults to use cell phone apps that reduce risky behaviors. TextArrest is a free app that disables texting and email when it senses the phone is traveling over 5 miles per hour. Drive safely Pro is a paid app that reads aloud text and emails and automatically responds without having to touch a button. There are many more options when it comes to cell phone apps that can help your teen. Ask your friends and neighbors and do a little research to find the right fit.

Keep Back to School Driving Safe

If we can all practice patience in the mornings and evenings, we can all get where we need to go. Everyone is in a hurry and has much to accomplish. Remembering that our young ones are on those buses, are crossing the streets and are even behind the wheel can help keep things in perspective. Slow down and stay alert this school year and who knows, you just might save a life.

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