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Preparing for Wet Weather Driving

EUGENE, Ore. — This is the first substantial rainfall we’ve seen in months. That means slippery roads that we haven’t had to deal with in a while.

Local law enforcement and car maintenance shops are reminding drivers that the first rainfall of the season can be the most dangerous. The rain brings all the oils in the road to the surface, causing them to be very slick.

So, even though it’s something we deal with every year, it’s important to be proactive with your maintenance to avoid an accident. That means changing out old windshield wipers. Sun and heat can cause rubber blades to become hard and crack.

Make sure your fluids are clean and full. At the top of the list are tires with sufficient tread depth so you don’t slip and slide or hydroplane.

“A good rule of thumb is to take a quarter, turn it upside down. If you can see Washington’s head, it’s time to replace them, if you can see his whole head,” said Tom Tillotson, Stadium Automotive general manager.

Also, when the temperatures drop, car batteries can fail if you have a bad or moderate one.

Drivers also need to think about lighting and replacing any burned out bulbs.

Another cautionary device is an emergency kit. Experts recommend carrying a kit with flares, a flashlight, jumper cables, a blanket and bottled water.

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