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A Wet Spring!

Q. In our part of the country, we are experiencing a tremendous amount of rain this Spring. I have alerted my team about several specific hazards associated with driving during the rain storms and we are all working hard to stay safe.

We have reviewed items such as having good windshield wipers, lights on during the rain, slowing down and creating space, signaling our intentions of braking or turning even earlier than we normally would; items I believe are important.

Do you have any other talking points that really stick out as potential problems during the rain storms?

Thanks,
ML – EHS Specialist

A. Thanks for the question.

When I think of heavy rains, I immediately think about the possibility of hydroplaning and losing control of the vehicle. It is very important that your vehicle maintain grip on the roadway; you can accomplish this by slowing down and allowing the tires to do their job and dissipate the water at the contact patch.

Another item I think is very important to be aware of is water moving across the roadway near low areas. According to FEMA, it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling. Additionally, a foot of water will float many vehicles, and two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles… including SUVs and pickups.

Thanks so much for today’s question.

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