Halifax Regional Police remind motorists to adjust their driving habits, especially their speed, based on the expected weather conditions.
With heavy rain in the forecast, motorists are asked to slow down. Speed, combined with water on the road, can result in a vehicle hydroplaning. This occurs when a layer of water forms between the tires and the roadway, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. If you find yourself hydroplaning, take your foot off the gas pedal, disengage the cruise control if you’re using it and let your vehicle slow down until the tires make contact with the road surface.
Visibility may also be an issue. Motorists are asked to watch for pedestrians and other vehicles and to turn your headlights on so you are more visible from the front and the rear. Pedestrians are reminded to use crosswalks, look both ways before crossing the street, make eye contact with drivers and wait until vehicles come to a stop before entering into the roadway.
We thank motorists and pedestrians for doing their part to help keep our roads safe.