COLLINSVILLE — Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Joe Kollins would like to remind motorists that spring weather can bring large amounts of rain that can lead to dangerous driving conditions.
Following a few tips can help motorists safely navigate the roads this spring.
• Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the wet weather. Have your tires, brakes and windshield wipers checked to make sure they are in good working condition.
• Turn on your headlights. State law requires you to turn on your headlights when your windshield wipers are on due to weather conditions. With your headlights on, you are more visible to other motorists.
• Allow for more travel time. When the roads are wet you should drive at a slower speed. Also keep in mind that traffic will likely be traveling slowly as well.
• Don’t try to drive through deep or rushing water. In some instances, it only takes a foot of standing water to stall a vehicle or 2 feet of rushing water to carry a vehicle away.
• Increase your following distance. Wet roads and reduced visibility increases the amount of time it takes to safely stop your vehicle.
“In wet weather, stopping distances will be at least double those required for stopping on dry roads, because your tires have less grip on the road,” Kollins said. “Rain is blamed for thousands of accidents yearly in the United States. Many of these accidents are preventable, but motorists choose not to slow down.”
Kollins said avoiding the fatal four (DUI, speeding, distracted driving, not buckling up), preparing vehicles for the season, and practicing safe wet weather driving habits will make travel this spring season more enjoyable for all motorists.