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Indiana State Police Offer Safe Driving Tips for Wet Weather

by Indiana State Police on June 24, 2014

The Indiana State Police would like to advise drivers to be cautious. Locally, we have received large amounts of rain which have caused roadways to flood and area creeks and rivers to overflow. The flooded and wet roadways can cause dangerous and unforeseen driving conditions for the motoring public. 

Puddles and standing water are often deeper than they appear. Experts advise that as little as six inches of moving water can displace a vehicle. Deeper water can cause your car to stall leaving you stranded in rising flood water. The state police advise drivers to never cross flooded roads. 

Hydroplaning may also occur when driving on wet roads. The term hydroplaning is commonly used to refer to the skidding or sliding of a car’s tires across a wet surface. This can happen with as little as a ¼ inch of water on the road. This can be avoided if you reduce your speed and watch for areas of standing water, commented Sergeant Trent Smith. 

Some ways to reduce the risk of hydroplaning include: 

1. Properly inflate tires 
2. Good tire tread 
3. Reduce your speed 
4. Avoid puddles and standing water 
5. Avoid stopping quickly 
6. Try to drive in the tire tracks of the car in front of you 
7. Turn off cruise control 


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