Spring is here and bringing rainy weather into the Tri-State. There are a few things every driver should remember when driving in inclement weather.

AAA indicates that, “Wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic crashes each year.” Ensuring your car is equipped to handle rain and stormy weather before the need arises is key.

Be sure your windshield wipers are in good shape and don’t leave a blurry, streaky mess when in use. Ascertain that the bulbs on all of your lights and turn indicators are working – you want the other drivers to see you! And, make sure your tires have good tread and appropriate pressure.

SmartMotorist.com offers many good safety tips for driving in rainy weather.  Among these are:

“Slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.

“Stay toward the middle lanes – water tends to pool in the outside lanes.

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

“Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.

“Don’t follow large trucks or buses 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.

“Avoid using your brakes; if possible, take your foot off the accelerator to slow down.”

We are all happy that Spring is bringing beautiful blooms and warmer temps – the rain is just part of it. Remembering these safety tips during the season will help keep yourself and your loved ones safe when you’re on the road.