HRM Partners in Policing would like to remind motorists to adjust their driving habits, especially their speed, based on the changing weather conditions.
With the heavy rain expected over the next 24 hours, motorists are asked to slow down. Speed, in conjunction 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 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 out for pedestrians attempting to cross the street. 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. Also, turn your headlights on; daytime running lights do not turn on your rear lights making it very difficult for motorists following you to see your vehicle.
HRM Partners in Policing thank motorists and pedestrians for doing their part to help keep our roads safe.