B-Roll video : New vs. worn tires on wet a roadway test track.
More Rain Coming; AAA offers Advice, Safety Tips for Drivers, Homeowners
September 11, 2019 - More rain and the risk of severe weather is in the forecast for tonight. “AAA is urging motorists to be prepared and to remain cautious if driving” says AAA South Dakota spokesperson, Marilyn Buskohl.
Additional caution behind the wheel is just one key to being safe while driving in rainy conditions. Tires play a critical role and research conducted by AAA revealed that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by a staggering 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet -- more than the length of a semi-trailer truck -- when compared to new tires.
With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, AAA urges drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively, and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions.
AAA Offers These Tips to Drivers:
Responding to a Skid
Even careful drivers can experience hydroplaning or skids. If a driver feels the car begin to skid, it is important to not panic and follow these basic steps:
- Continue to look and steer in the direction you want the car to go.
- Avoid slamming on the brakes, as this will further upset the vehicle’s balance and make it harder to control.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown
Just a few inches of swift-moving flood water flowing over a roadway can sweep away a vehicle. With many creeks, culverts and rivers across South Dakota now at or above flood stage, the danger to drivers is evident.
“Every year, people attempt to drive into water over flowing roads, and many quickly discover it was the wrong decision,” said AAA South Dakota’s Buskohl. “Driving into water without knowing how deep or swift it is flowing can be deadly. Bottom line, ‘turn around, don’t drown.”
Don’t Drive “Intexticated”
With wet weather impairing vision and creating slick road conditions, it is more important than ever for drivers to put down their cell phones and focus solely on the road when they are behind the wheel. AAA South Dakota is highlighting how the dangers of driving distracted can be as impairing and dangerous as drinking and driving through our “Don’t Drive Intoxicated – Don’t Drive Intexticated” public awareness campaign. Motorists can find tips for how to avoid driving distractions and sign a pledge against distracted driving at www.aaa.com/dontdrivedistracted.
AAA Insurance offers tips on how to deal with damage after a storm:
- Physical damage to a car caused by heavy wind or fallen tree limbs is covered under the optional comprehensive portion of an auto policy.
- For vehicles damaged by fallen tree or limbs drivers should file an insurance claim using the comprehensive coverage on the vehicle.