Rain, wet roads call for safer driving
Thunderstorms and potentially heavy rain forecast for southern New Mexico means motorists should be prepared for slick driving conditions, and the possibility of flooded roadways and arroyos.
The Las Cruces Police Department recommends following these and other safety tips:
• Slow down. Allow for more travel time when driving in wet weather.
• When coming to a stop, begin slowing down sooner and apply gentle brake pressure. Avoid slamming on brakes.
• Allow for greater distance between vehicles. Normal driving conditions recommend travelling at least two seconds behind vehicles. During wet weather it is recommended to increase that distance.
• Give larger vehicles, like trucks and buses, more room for stops and turns.
• Avoid making sudden turns or lane changes.
• Drive around puddles as sitting water may be deeper than what it appears.
• Never attempt to drive through flooded arroyos or running water. Even when driving a large vehicle, like a truck or SUV, fast-moving water can easily overcome it.
• Drive with headlights on and be alert to surrounding traffic and changing weather conditions.
• If rain is too heavy or streets are flooded, pull over to a safe distance from the roadway – in a parking lot or away from traffic – until conditions improve.
Keep your vehicle well-maintained. Periodically check that brakes, tires and windshield wipers are in good working condition.