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How to drive safe when the roads are wet

How to drive safe when the roads are wet
How to drive safe when the roads are wet
Posted at 4:30 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 16:30:00-04

DECATUR COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) - A lot of rain has fallen over the last several days, with more expected before the week is over.

Small puddles on the road can quickly become large ones, which could cause drivers to hydroplane if they’re going too fast.

When the rain gets extremely heavy, it can be hard to see what’s right in front of you. And switching lanes becomes both difficult and dangerous.

Aside from using windshield wipers, your car’s headlights should also be set to “on,” even if they’re automatic.

“They need to make sure their headlights are on. One of the problems that we find is people have automatic headlights and they aren’t used to turning them on anymore. If it’s bright outside, their lights won’t be on whenever they begin to drive," said Captain Ken Davidson of the Decatur County Sheriff's Office. "They need to make sure their lights come on so other motorists can see them. It’s not so they can see, it’s so other motorists can see them in the rain.”

Reducing your speed is also key when driving on slick roads. This helps see what other drivers are doing so you can react accordingly.