Motorists should prepare for rain-slick valley roadways

Motorists should prepare for slick driving conditions and possible flooded roadways because of the season’s first major storm in the area.
Water from heavy rainfall runs over Russell Boulevard. Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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  • As a rule, don’t drive in water if you can’t see road markings. A vehicle can float in just one foot of water. It’s safer to turn around and find another route.
  • Try to stay in the middle lane where flooding is less likely.
  • Drive in the tracks of the vehicle in front of you. This allows the vehicle ahead to displace any standing water that’s on the road.
  • Reduce speed and allow extra space between vehicles.
  • If your vehicle starts to hydroplane, take your foot off the gas pedal, but don’t push hard on the brakes. Instead, apply the brakes in a steady manner and steer in the direction of the skid. For vehicles with anti-lock brakes, apply more pressure to the brakes, but avoid pumping them.
  • After driving through a puddle, tap the brake pedal to help dry out the brake pads.
  • Turn on headlights.
  • Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition.
  • Caltrans will issue updates on Twitter updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play. Weather information is available from the National Weather Service at]]>

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