With rain expected to fall throughout the day on Tuesday, there are a few things to keep in mind when driving on wet and slick roads.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation says the most important thing is to reduce your speed. Speed limits are meant for dry road conditions so slowing down is essential when the roads are wet.
Remember that if your wipers are on, you are required by law to also have your lights on. With reduced visibility, you may need to turn on your brights but make sure you aren’t doing so when there is oncoming traffic.
Give yourself more stopping distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you to avoid a fender bender.
City roads are typically slicker than the interstate because of the oil that drips onto the ground; ARDOT recommends taking caution when driving through town, especially when pulling up to stoplights.
Officer Keith Foster with the Rogers Fire Department says local police and street departments will put up barricades or cones on roads that are flooded. He emphasizes they are placed there for a reason.
“Don’t drive around the cones, don’t go driving through that because if you do ignore those cones and you go out there and you get stuck, now you’re having to ask someone from the fire department or the police department to go out there and rescue you, plus all the damage to your car,” Foster said.
For more information on flooded highways in Northwest Arkansas, click here.