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Jude’s Tips for Driving in the Rain

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After spending some time on the gulf coast’s highways and byways over the weekend in the rain I got to observe a little bit of bad driving. OK, a lot bad driving and inattentiveness.

I don’t understand why people don’t take getting behind the wheel of a car more serious. You are going to get there eventually, people! Does the extra few minutes you’re saving by going 95 mph really going to make that big of a difference in your life?

And again, I was watching people drive nuts in the rain. You got to drive different when the streets are wet.

So, here are some of my friendly reminders when you’re driving in the rain.

  1. Slow down. It really isn’t that important how long it takes you to get there, as long as you get there alive, right?
  2. If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights need to be on too. We get this one called in by listeners all the time. “Hey, you could you remind these dummies to put their lights on!” You got it pal.
  3. Don’t follow so close! People seem to do that even when it’s not raining. Stop it please! One person slams on their brakes and you’ve screwed up everyone’s day. The rule is two seconds but three seconds when it’s raining.
  4. No flashers! You’re not supposed to use these while driving. I don’t care how bad the weather is! Use your flashers when you’re parked on the side of the road with a hazard. Could you imagine if everyone put their flashers on when it rained how confusing that would be?

There you go, nothing earth-shattering, but good reminders on how to drive in the rain. Are you with me people?

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