4 expert tips to avoid an accident while driving in bad weather

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Driving in stormy weather conditions when the roadways are compromised can be scary and even treacherous. Here are 4 safe driving tips compiled from both AAA and State Police to help you get home safe.

1. First, pay attention at all times

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Distracted driving during a storm means you might miss something important like large debris in the road or the traffic light out at an intersection. If you come across the latter, treat the intersection as a four-way stop.


2. Do not drive around any barricades

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If a road is closed due to high water or safety concerns it is illegal to disregard the sign. Also, you are putting yourself in danger if you do so.


3. Slow down when the roads are flooded

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Speeding reduces your ability to steer and react to a situation and it’s one of the most prevalent contributing factors to traffic crashes.


4. Avoid hydroplaning

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Proper tire tread depth and inflation are essential to maintaining traction on wet roadways. Do not put the car in cruise control and slow down. When you reduce driving speed during wet weather driving you reduce the chances of losing control. At speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, new tires can lose contact with the road. If you begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go. Do not slam on your brakes or panic. Turning sharply or hard braking can further disrupt the balance of your car.

At speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, new tires can lose contact with the road. If you begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go. Do not slam on your brakes or panic. Turning sharply or hard braking can further disrupt the balance of your car.

Overall, practice caution when driving in bad weather. Slowing down and paying attention to traffic and your vehicle will help get you to your destination.