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Wet Roads Cause Slick Summer Driving Conditions

In the winter, our minds are preset to be extremely careful, but sometimes we don't think about the fact that roads can be slick, even in July.
“It’s basically kind of like putting butter on the road, it’s not going to have that same kind of slick that water would have just by itself.” said Meteorologist, Tyler Wehr.

When it comes to summer time driving and warm temperatures, most of us don't think about roads being slick, like in the icy winter. But natural oil from the heated pavement mixed with rain water is a hazardous combination

"Some things they need to do is slow down, obviously hydroplaning is a big factor. Increase your following distance between you and other drivers that obviously gives you more time to stop." said Wyoming State Trooper Adam Bruning.

But there are some big things that can help, like making sure your tires are good.

“If you don't have much tire tread on your car, even just a little bit of water on a slick road, will make you hydroplane, and there's no way you can stop, your car is just floating on top of the water.” said Bruning.

And it doesn't take a lot of rain to make the roads slick, especially when it's been a fairly dry summer.

“When there's just a little bit of water, then we get all the lubrication from the cars, all the dust, all the debris that's accumulated over the last month and unfortunately that isn't going anywhere, so it creates more of a hazard because your car now is sliding on top of all of these fluids and not just the water itself.” said Wehr.

Troopers say one of the most dangerous things you can do when it is raining hard, is to stop on the road.

“Somebody coming up behind you doesn't see you stopped because they can't see, just keep going, turn on your fog lights and make yourself as visible as possible, just don't stop, don't stop alongside the road because someone will come up behind you and they'll hit you.” said Bruning.


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