Safety tips: Driving in the rain

The fall rainy season is here in Western New York.  Here are a few tips for safe driving in the rain from Erie Insurance and Albion Agencies:

  • Slow down—Allow more time to negotiate stops and turns.
  • Keep a safe distance—Stay farther back than you normally would in clear conditions.
  • Increase visibility—Turn your headlights on (it’s the law in New York).  Keep the windshield clear with reliable wipers and plenty of washer fluid.
  • Reduce chances of hydroplaning—Make sure all tires have at least 1/8 inch of tread and are properly inflated. Avoid hard braking.
  • Avoid damp brakes—Keep brakes dry by lightly riding the brake pedal for several seconds at regular intervals.
  • Avoid flooded areas—Never drive through moving water if you can’t see the ground through it. Proceed slowly through a puddle of uncertain depth.
  • Carry an emergency road kit—Some of the items you might include are a first aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, a blanket, warning devices, washer fluid, and bottled water.

For more driving safety tips,check out the Erie Insurance website.

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The information in this post is general in nature, and geared toward insurance conditions in Western New York.  As always, you should speak with an insurance adviser to determine your specific insurance needs.

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