Get A Grip!

Calls to the Kentucky State Police are bringing attention to the requirements to driving while it is raining.

Under the Kentucky Revised Statue, lights on your vehicle shall be illuminated one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. The statue also state’s, that lights should be illuminated as atmospheric conditions render visibility as low or lower than is ordinarily, such as when it is raining.

Driving with you lights on is a very good driving habit. It increases the distance that your vehicle is seen to other driver’s. Regardless of your driving experience, the odds are greater that you will be involved in a collision in wet weather.

Preseason check ups are also very important to your safety and the safety of other motorist.

Battery: wet weather places a heavy demand on the battery and the charging system, recharge or replace weak batteries, check fluid levels, battery post, voltage regulators and alternators.

Ignition system: have spark plug wires or cracked distributor, which could cause sudden breakdowns.

Lights: check the headlights, side-marker lights, emergency flashers, parking lights, front and rear directional signals, taillights and brake lights.

Brake system: have you brakes inspected for proper operation. Pulling to one direction while braking, unusual squealing or grinding indicates the need for repairs.

Tires: traction is the key to good movement, turning and stopping your vehicle on wet surfaces. Good tire tread allows water to escape from under the tires, preventing hydroplaning. Proper inflation to the maximum pressure amount shown in your owner’s manual or on the door frame. Do not exceed tire pressure guidelines.

Heating and cooling system: have the radiator and hoses inspected for leaks and cracks. Test defrosters and blowers for proper air circulation.

Windshield wipers: inspect the blade on your vehicle for streaking, if streaking occurs, replace your blades. Fill your wiper fluid reservoir with a good quality cleaned fluid.

Emergency kit: Flashlight, traction mats, and small bag of abrasive material such as sand or kitty litter. Shovel, paper towels, blanket, booster cables, window-washing solvent, warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles and a cell phone or a C.B. citizens band radio.