Friday, November 8, 2019

Safely Driving in the Rain



By Edwin Vivas, Customer Relations Coordinator, Fort Lauderdale

Driving in the rain can be very stressful and not to mention dangerous. It could be hard to see the road, and conditions can be less than ideal for tire-on-pavement traction. Even without traffic, water affects how your postal vehicle handles and turns.

Safety starts before you get into your postal vehicle and your goal should be to see and to be seen. Make sure all headlights, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are properly functioning so other drivers will see you during downpours.

Slowing down during wet weather driving can be critical to reducing a car’s chance of hydroplaning, when the tires rise up on a film of water. With as little as 1/12 inch of water on the road, tires have to displace a gallon of water per second to keep the rubber meeting the road.

Everglades Branch Letter Carrier Maria Guemes shares that she always tries to avoid standing water on the roadways. Standing water often shields potholes and debris from view and can reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle’s brakes.
One more tip:
"Always make sure the windshield wipers are in good condition," Guemes said.

Maria Guemes

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