Through Friday morning, Campbell County is likely to receive upwards of two-inches of rain
CAMPBELL COUNTY, TN. (WLAF)- As the snow melts and rain moves in, a chance of flooding is in the forecast. On Wednesday night and Thursday, there is a 100 percent chance of rain in the weather forecast with wet weather predicted for the rest of the week.
While driving in rain often can’t be avoided, there a few tips to follow for a safer drive.
Driving in heavy rain
- Drive slowly
- Turn the headlights on and use fog lights. When visibility improves, turn fog lights off.
- It takes longer to stop in wet conditions; double the space with the car in front.
- Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually if the car begins to aquaplane.
- If a break down occurs do not open the hood. Electronics exposed to rain can make it harder to start the engine.
Don’t drive through standing water
- It takes less than a foot of moving water to sweep a car off the road.
- Attempting to drive through deep water also may stall the engine. If the engine stalls do not try to restart- this can damage the engine. Take a different route if possible. If there is a barricade- don’t drive past it.
Driving through deep water (when there is no other option)
- Try to estimate the depth of the water.
- Drive deliberately and steadily through the water.
- Don’t use the phone unless reporting an emergency.
- Watch for items moving in the water. They can impede the path or trap a car.
- If there is a downed electrical line in the water- do not drive through it.
- Dry the brakes by pressing gently on the brake pedal with left foot while retaining the speed of the vehicle.
- If the car becomes trapped, immediately abandon it.
- Call 911 if the situation worsens.
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 1/24/2024- 6AM)