Water on the Roads

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Water on the Roads

Always drive with caution on days when there will be a lot of water on the roads -- and try to avoid large puddles.

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The problem we just mentioned -- water from melted snow -- is just as much of an issue on the surface of the road as it is when it seeps into the asphalt. With the snow and ice starting to thaw out, that water will stick around and make the roads slippery. Spring showers won't be helping things much either.

Watch out for the roads to be extra wet this season. As always, drive with caution on days when there will be a lot of water on the roads, and try to avoid large puddles -- you never know if one of them is covering a huge pothole that's lurking beneath the surface. Also, try to avoid splashing other drivers with water. You don't want their vision being obscured by dirty water either, as this could lead to an accident.

This is also a good time of year to make sure your tires are in good condition, and to swap out those old winter tires with all-season ones if you need to.

In addition, while things are starting to thaw out, there's no guarantee temperatures won't drop again. That means you need to be mindful of ice on the road as well. Keep your winter driving skills in mind and take things slowly, and do your best to avoid black ice on the road.

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