Illinois State Police District 11 Interim Commander Timothy Tyler reminds motorists that wet roads can lead to dangerous driving conditions during this time of year.
Here are a few tips to help safely navigate the roads.
Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the wet weather. Have 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 slower 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 increase the amount of time it takes to safely stop a 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,” Tyler 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.”
Avoiding the fatal four (DUI, speeding, distracted driving, not buckling up), preparing your vehicle for the season, and practicing safe wet weather driving habits will make travel this holiday season more enjoyable for all motorists.