FROM THE CHIEF'S CORNER: RAIN IS COMING, BUT PROCEED WITH CAUTION

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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 28, 2014 (San Diego)--There’s good news forecasted for this week – Rain!  Two storms are possible this week says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. As the rain is very much welcome and needed, it’s important to keep safety in mind.  It will be hazardous.”

When the road is wet, the film of the water on the asphalt causes tires to lose traction.  Slow it down in the rain.  Allow for more travel time.  Keep in mind that traffic is likely to be moving slower as well.  There’s also the possibility that your preplanned route may be flooded or jammed. 

Brake earlier and with less force than you would normally.  Also, use turn signals, so that other drivers know your intentions.  Take turns and curves with less speed than you would in dry conditions.  If you see a large puddle up ahead, drive around it.  Also, a pothole may be hiding under the water waiting to damage a wheel or knock your suspension out of alignment.  Don’t attempt to cross running water.  After you cross a puddle, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors.  Turn on your headlights, even when there’s a light sprinkle.  Watch out for pedestrians.

Before the storm have your mechanic check brakes, tire pressure, tire tread depth and defroster so you’ll be ready. Make sure your wipers are in good condition and functioning properly.  If the blades are brittle or damaged, replace them before you’re caught in a downpour. 

For additional safe driving tips in the rain visit: http://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/tips-and-techniques-for-driving-in-rain.html

Note: The information in this article was compiled from various sources. These suggestions are not a complete list of every preventative or loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace additional safety manuals or the advice of another qualified professional(s). We make no guarantee of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.