With the forecasted snow then rain for tonight into tomorrow, Halifax Regional Police advises motorists to be mindful of road conditions and to adjust their driving habits accordingly.
A vehicle’s stopping distance increases when it’s slippery so allow extra space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. When approaching a red light or stop sign, begin stopping earlier to help prevent sliding into the intersection.
In rainy conditions, drivers should be mindful of the potential of hydroplaning. 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 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. 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.