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Car Crashes Increase Dramatically When Roadways Are Wet

Former Miss New Jersey, and current SNJ Today anchor, Cara McCollum was critically injured in a car crash on a New Jersey highway. State police said Ms. McCollum was northbound on Route 55 in Pittsgrove Township when her vehicle spun off the roadway and hit a tree. The car spun again and hit two more trees before landing in an embankment. McCollum was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Although the crash is still under investigation, police believe speed and the wet roadway were contributing factors. Ms. McCollum was not wearing a seat belt.

Wet weather conditions may be unavoidable, but it is still the responsibility of every motorist to take the necessary precautions to avoid an accident.

1. Slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather. Reducing your speed can decrease the chances of your car sliding out of control.

2. Defog your windows. Rain will quickly cause your windshield to fog up.

3. Avoid slamming on the brakes. Tires have fewer grips on wet roads, so it takes a longer distance to stop.

4. Don’t tailgate. Your visibility is reduced in rain, so increase your following distance.

5. Use your headlights. Not only do they help you see the road, but they’ll help other drivers see you.

6. Take extra precaution when passing large trucks. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision.

7. If you begin to hydroplane, do not brake or turn suddenly. Such maneuvers can throw you into a slide and cause an accident. Ease off the gas and steer straight ahead until your steering returns to normal.

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