July 3, 2013

With rain in the forecast for much of the July Fourth holiday travel period, the Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers to be prepared before hitting the roads.

Troopers offer the following safety tips for rainy day travel:

  • Inspect your vehicle’s windshield wipers and replace old or worn wiper blades;
  • Check the tread condition and pressure in each of your vehicle’s tires;
  • Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination;
  • Slow down – remember it takes longer to bring your vehicle to a stop on wet roads.  Higher speeds increase your chances of hydroplaning;
  • Increase your distance from the vehicle ahead and be prepared for sudden stops or needing to take evasive actions;
  • Georgia Law requires headlights to be on in the rain.  If your vehicle is equipped with automatic headlights, manually turn the lights on during daylight hours when it is raining;
  • Thunderstorms may cause traffic signals to malfunction.  A red flashing signal means stop.  A flashing amber signal means to exercise caution when entered the intersection.  When the light is completely not working, treat the intersection as a four-way-stop; and,
  • Minimize distractions inside the vehicle.  Driving, especially on wet roads, requires your full attention.