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Top 10 safety tips for wet-weather driving

Stay safe out there-


FILE PHOTO - Cars negotiate a flooded Northeast Halsey Street in FairviewWith wet and windy weather expected through the weekend, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is providing free wet-road safety tips for drivers. Read on to keep yourself (and other motorists) safe:

• First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.

• Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.

• Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.

• Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.

• Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they'll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better.

• Avoid off-road driving: it's hard to judge the actual depth of puddles and you can easily become stuck, even in an SUV.

• Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. At night rainy roads become especially treacherous. The glare of oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on your windscreen, can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue.

• When driving through a puddle of uncertain depth, go slow. If it's deeper than the bottom of your doors, turn around and find another route. Deep water can cause serious damage to a modern car's electrical system.

• Slow down! This should be obvious but it also very important. People are so used to driving certain speeds on certain roads that sometimes they forget the need to slow down when inclement weather presents itself.

• Stay home. If you don't absolutely need to be driving during inclement weather, keep the roads clear and spend some quality time with your family.