Rain in East Texas brings warning of road safety

Rain in East Texas brings warning of road safety

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was another rainy day in deep East Texas. Just when you thought it was gone, it's back again. And as Darien Allread explains, driving in wet conditions means there are separate precautions you should take to stay safe.

"When you go to stop and you're in high water, it can cause you to paraglide or slide off the road. Your brakes have a tendency to not stop as well when the brakes are wet, so going out in this rain and driving in high water has a lot of issues it can cause on your car, it is a major safety issue", said owner of Family Auto, Darien Allread.

Words that might have been useful for the driver of this truck. Lufkin police believe slick roads are to blame, causing the driver to hydroplane and flip over on the side of the road. The driver wasn't injured in this crash, and while wet roads played a part, Allread says tire tread and overall car maintenance can also affect your safety on the roads.

"If your car is out of alignment and has a sensitive pull to the left or right quite hard, when you come to water, and it's pulling hard, that can cause you to lose control of your car. So it's good to keep your alignment done and when you get your tires replaced, get a good alignment," Allread said.

Allread also says that when you're going down your check list that windshield wipers should be something you're thinking about.

They're something you don't think to use until you need them, but the question is, when is the best time to replace them?

"Windshield wipers are something a lot of people ignore. When we do vehicle inspections, it's a good time to change it right then, whether you need them or not, which would be once a year," Allread said.

Allread also notes that when it comes to defrosting your car's windows, it's the A/C, not the heat, that keeps them clear. As the wet weather continues keep these safety tips in mind.

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