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RCMP Offer Safe Driving Tips for Unpredictable April Weather

[Published Information via RCMP Release]

Next week, April showers will start to bring the much needed conditions for May flowers, but they will also bring unpredictable weather and rainy driving conditions.  As we switch over to spring weather, Nova Scotia RCMP is asking motorists to keep the following driving tips in mind.

When driving in the rain, beware of other vehicles around you. Larger vehicles such as trucks, buses and trailers are especially affected by heavy rain and winds, so leaving a longer following distance is a good idea. Also, regardless of the time of day, make sure you drive with your headlights on when it is raining or foggy. Doing so increases visibility and makes you more visible to other drivers.

Heavy rain also can result in water build-up on roadways, which increases the possibility of hydroplaning. When this occurs, be sure to reduce your speed and avoid puddles and other areas where the water is pooling.  If you do find you are starting to hydroplane, stay calm and take your foot off the gas. Slowing down will usually restore contact and friction with the road surface.

Motorists should also refrain from using cruise control in the rain and fog.  Keeping both hands on the wheel and braking early and with less force will also allow you to keep positive control of your vehicle in heavy rains.

It is also a good idea to conduct a thorough equipment check of your vehicle now that winter is over.  Specifically, wiper blades may be worn out due to snow and ice, so new ones may be required maintain effective visibility in the rain.  Also make sure all of your vehicles lights are operating correctly. This includes head lights, tail lights, turning signals, brake lights, and parking lights.

Remember, road safety is everyone’s responsibility. By following these tips and driving with caution, you can help keep our roadways collision-free this spring.

Source: Media Release

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