Rain returns: slow down, people

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 11 at 8:20 AM

The first big rain event of the fall is coming Friday and this weekend, and that means we are most likely going to see drivers who think they can still go the speed limit and follow just as close as they do when it’s dry out.

The Washington State Patrol says it takes a little time for drivers to remember how to drive in the rain. One of the big problems is the roads will be a little more slick. WSP says oils and lubricants that have been dripping from vehicles all summer and have accumulated on the roads.

The biggest piece of advice from troopers is to slow down and increase the distance between you and the car in front of you.

Triple A also advises that this is a good time to prepare your vehicle for fall and winter weather. Check your battery, antifreeze, windshield wipers and fluid, headlights and especially your tires. Proper tire inflation can make the difference in whether you hydroplane when you hit standing water.

Check the latest traffic conditions anytime with the Seattle Traffic App and weather with the Seattle Weather App.

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