WASHINGTON – Drivers should keep these tips in mind for navigating their way safely during and after the oncoming storm:
Most tires with tread will wipe the road’s surface the way a windshield wiper cleans the windshield. But as a car’s speed increases, tires start to ride on a layer of water as if they were waterskis.
At 55 miles an hour in a strong rainstorm, a car may lose complete contact with the road. As soon as drivers feel like they’re losing control, they should take their foot off the gas pedal, hold the steering wheel firmly and allow the car’s speed to decrease until control is regained.
WTOP’s Rosemary Frisino Toohey contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.
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