How to drive safely in wet weather

Friday, May 30, 2014 - 6:35pm

Most of us know driving in the rain can be a little nerve wrecking sometimes, especially on the highway and interstates. Here in Louisiana it rains, a lot, and avoiding the wet weather is nearly impossible

"Every time it rains we know were going to get a lot of flats," said Allied Tires Manager, Phillip Chialasteri.

And Phillip Chialasteri should know he manages a tire shop. He says, it's not just how you drive it's what you drive.

"This is what drives on our interstate right here."

Bald tires something he says is a big no, and almost a guaranteed accident.

"What they recommend is that if you are getting new tires are that they have deep and straight grooves in them that allow the water to flow right through so you don’t slip and side on the roadways."

Your tires aren't the only thing you need to worry about.

"Make sure you have good windshield wipers. The second thing is to make sure your headlights are working properly and they have the right amount of air pressure in there," said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, Jr with Baton Rouge Police Department.

Police see the aftermath and they say a lot of crashes can be avoided

"The main factor that people do is they continue to speed."

Preventing an accident seems obvious two words, slow down.

"If you have to break on the interstate then you're probably too close the only me you really want to break on the interstate is if you see break lights," noted Chialasteri.

So, as the rain continues to fall make sure you keep it to a crawl.

Another recommendation is to drive close to the middle of the road on highways because water will pull on the sides. If you can’t afford new tires and you have a bald one switch it out with the spare for the time being.


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